Civic Building

Building Placement / Parking / Vehicle Access

Civic Bldg Placement

1. Buildings shall be placed on the lot within the zone represented by the hatched area. In most cases, the build-to line will range from 0 to 25 feet behind street ROW. Special site conditions such as topography, lot width, or provision of a green or plaza will permit a larger building setback.

2. Parking shall be located to the rear of the building; sideyard parking shall occupy no more than 25% of the primary frontage line and shall not be placed in any sideyard abutting an intersecting street. Where dimensions of existing lots restrict parking behind buildings, the limitations on sideyard parking may be modified.

3. A planting strip or defined plaza should be provided to relate the building to the street.

4. Generally, building and street facades must extend parallel to frontage property lines.

5. Points of permitted access to the parking indicated by arrows.

6. Hedges, garden walls, or fences may be built on property lines or as the continuation of building walls. A garden wall, fence, or hedge (minimum 3 feet in height) shall be installed along any street frontage adjacent to parking areas.

7. Parking areas on adjacent lots should be connected.

8. Trash containers shall be located in the parking area (see Parking Regulations).

9. Mechanical and utility equipment at ground level shall be placed in the side or rear yard and shall be screened from view by opaque screening from grade level along any public street or adjacent property (Article 7.6.2). Buildings that front on more than one public street may have mechanical and utility equipment located within a street facing yard, provided it is visually screened using compatible building materials and design as the principle structure. This is applicable only where no other reasonable option exists as determined by the Administrator. Examples of features limiting the location of mechanical and utility equipment may include, but not limited to, the physical layout of existing building, the presence of easements, elevation changes, etc.


A civic building is a building used for purposes that are public in nature (e.g. schools, libraries, government buildings, and churches). These buildings must be designed to take their appropriate places within neighborhoods as integral parts of the community. It is expected that the scale and architectural sophistication of these buildings will match their civic importance. Where possible, civic structures shall be designed to terminate vistas or serve as key focal points in the neighborhood. The intention of buildings in all locations must be to relate the principal facade to the sidewalk and public space of the street. Civic buildings shall not be set back on the lot behind a standard parking lot; however, a plaza may be used for occasional parking.

Encroachment / Pedestrian Access

Civic Bldg Ped Access

1. For buildings set up to the sidewalk, upper level balconies, bay windows and their supports may encroach a maximum of 5 feet over the sidewalk.

2. For buildings set back from the sidewalk, balconies, stoops stairs, open porches, bay windows, and awnings are permitted to encroach into front setback area up to 8 feet.

3. Main pedestrian access to the building is from the street (indicated by larger arrow). Secondary access may be from parking areas (indicated by smaller arrow).

Permitted Height & Uses

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1. Building height shall be measured as the vertical distance from the highest finished grade relative to the street frontage, up to the eaves or the highest level of a flat roof.

2. The height of parapet walls may vary depending upon the need to screen mechanical equipment.

3. Maximum height of buildings shall be 4 stories. Building must comply with compatibility of surrounding development as found in applicable zoning district.

4. Permitted uses are indicated above and are further regulated by zoning district standards.

Architectural Standards Principles

A. To perpetuate the unique building character of the town and its environs, and to re-establish its local identity, development shall generally employ building types that are sympathetic to the historic architectural vocabulary of the area in their massing and external materials.

B. Building elevations fronting or visible from public streets shall be clad with masonry, wood, vinyl siding, stucco, or similar material. Metal paneling may not comprise a street fronting building face.

C. The front elevations facing the street, and the overall massing shall communicate a emphasis on the human scale and the pedestrian environment.

D. Each building should be designed to form part of a larger composition of the area in which it is situated.

E Trailers (mobile units) shall not be used as permanent civic buildings.

F. Schools, churches, and government buildings shall be built so that they terminate a street vista whenever possible, and shall be of sufficient design quality to create visual anchors for the community.


A. Street level windows should be untinted. Tinted glass with a minimum visual transmittance factor of 35 is permitted. Mirrored or reflective glass is not permitted in any location. Clear textured glass is allowed in restrooms with windows. Stained glass or decorative art glass is permitted.

B. Flat roof lines are allowed.

C. The orders, if provided, should have proportions and moldings according to The American Vignola.


A. Windows should be set to the inside of the building face wall.

B. All rooftop equipment shall be enclosed in building material that shall be enclosed in building material that matches the structure or is visually compatible with the structure.

C. Windows shall be of square or vertical proportion. Special windows may be circular or regular polygons.