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    Anti-blank wall facade regulations

    We are currently working on incorporating anti-blank wall facade regulations into our Neighborhood Commercial zones. I've found several cities with such regulations as they apply to big-box retail but haven't found many for neighborhood commercial-type areas. Anyone have any good examples of code text that deals with this issue?

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    Check out the new Chicago codes, for the P-Street regulations. Sorry I don't have them on hand now but can look them up tonight. Basically they define build-to lines so buildings can't be built against the back of the lot for parking, require that the front door of the building be built along the P-Street designated road, and that a certain percentage of the first-floor facade be windows, and that those windows must be attractive to window-shoppers.

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    Out of curiousity, how does a "window attractive to window shoppers" get defined, or enforced?

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    For a suburban setting, I believe Fort Collins, Colorado, has some standards.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Basically they define build-to lines so buildings can't be built against the back of the lot for parking, require that the front door of the building be built along the P-Street designated road, and that a certain percentage of the first-floor facade be windows, and that those windows must be attractive to window-shoppers.
    Code Section jordanb was referring to. - specifically Section 17-3-0504-C Transparency
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Overland Park, Kansas, has one of the more thorough sets of commercial design standards out there... it is comparable to Fort Collins.
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