This section of the Downtown Research & Development Center website provides direct links to some of the many excellent guidelines developed throughout North America. These include sign, public art, facade, and film guidelines.
Bicycle Design Guidelines
Seek to establish consistent and appropriate bicycle standards, policies, and practices to serve as a guide for the planning, design, and implementation of bicycle facilities and bikeways.
National Association of City Transportation Officials
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Brand Style Guidelines
To ensure consistent and appropriate use of city and downtown logos, these
documents provide guidance on where and how logos may be used as well as
acceptable fonts and colors.
El Dorado, AR
Fond du Lac, WI
Dog Park Rules and Regulations
Seek to provide a safe environment for people and their dogs and to minimize
exposure to liability for the city and/or downtown organization.
Long Beach, CA
San Diego, CA
Guidelines for Establishment and Maintenance of Successful Off-Leash Dog Exercise Areas
Facade Design Guidelines
Promote quality design for new and infill commercial and residential buildings. Guidelines address areas such as awnings and canopies, doorways and windows, material and color selection, and more.
East Boston, MA
Palo Alto, CA
The film industry can provide both direct and indirect economic benefit to the downtown community. However, filming in the central business district is not without risks to property, business activities, and personal safety. These sample guidelines identify the approval process and the requirements which must be met for filming in three downtowns.
Public Art Guidelines
Sign Design Guidelines
Provide direction in the way signs should be designed, constructed, and placed in order to meet the city's or the downtown areas expectations for quality business signage.
Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
State of Downtown Reports
These reports can quantify the value of the downtown organizations work to the economic health of the city, and attract more investment. While an annual report focuses on the state of the organization, the state of downtown report (sometimes called an economic indicator report) goes beyond the internal workings of the organization, focusing on the successes of the entire downtown over the past 12 months, and supporting those claims with data, charts, graphs, and specific examples.
Street/Sidewalk Design Guidelines
Valet Parking Guidelines
With the growth of restaurant and entertainment venues in many downtowns,
demand for valet parking has increased. The following outline city policies
Fort Worth, TX, Ordinance
Fort Worth, TX, Application
Guidelines in Brief
To make design guidelines more accessible, a brief summary may be the
Brookhaven, NY, Business District Design Manual
Brookhaven, NY, Business District Design Manual — In brief