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December 13, 2017

Building design rules and guidelines proposed in Blaine

Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent

BLAINE – After several months of debate, Blaine Planning Commission is closer to establishing rules and guidelines for design of buildings in the city.

City Planner David Williams said he will prepare a draft proposal for the panel to consider at its next meeting. Since the normal meeting day is New Year’s Day, the meeting will be moved to Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

“Most of it will be in the zoning ordinance. There will also be about one page of guidelines for enhanced landscaping, colors and materials for design review,” Williams said.

The guidelines would not be enforceable, Williams said. But they would provide suggestion for businesses looking to locate in Blaine as to what the city wants.

The planning commission can serve as the design review board without the need for creating a separate panel, he told the commission at its meeting Monday.

The planning commission has been wrestling with creating some consistency in architectural design and appearance without scaring off national corporations that have standards for their buildings.

Commission Chairman Chad Hightower said it is time for the city to act.

“If we don’t do something soon, we might as well not do it. They will be moving in here and we won’t be able to do anything about it,” Hightower said.

Williams said he hopes to have a draft ready in a week or so to send to city attorney Shelley Wilson for review.

Whatever is recommended will go to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for adoption. It must be approved on two readings.

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