I am a planning board member in a NY village close to NYC that is comprised mainly of residential structures that date from 1880-1930. We have recently passed ARB legislation after many years of debate, but our legislation was designed to be vague because of pressures from politicians who were worried about 'stifling creativity' and 'legislating taste'.
It now seems clear after a year that we need some more concrete guidelines. I am interested to see how other communities have drawn up design guidelines as we begin to fashion our own. As we are under siege by a wave of developers and the untalented (or lazy) architects that they hire, it seems that basic architectural rules need to be laid out plainly for them to follow.
Though our village is largely Victorian, we have no desire to force builders to design faux-Victorian structures, but want quality materials used, and accepted rules of balance and harmony to be followed. How have other communities written guidelines that promote good practice without dictating exact standards based on one or two styles?
If anyone has guidelines they could e-mail, or sources on the web I could reference, I would be appreciative. Thanks.