Design standards play a critical role in the realm of land use planning, serving as essential guidelines and criteria that shape the physical attributes and aesthetic qualities of a community’s built environment. These standards are meticulously crafted to ensure that new developments align with the overarching vision and goals set forth in the land use element of a community’s general plan.
The significance of design standards lies in their ability to foster a cohesive, visually appealing, and functional landscape that reflects the character and identity of the community while protecting the safety of and meeting the needs of its residents.
Within the context of land use planning, design standards cover a spectrum of elements ranging from architectural guidelines that dictate the style and materials of buildings to specifications for landscaping, street design, signage, and infrastructure. The importance of design standards is also integral to the overall well being of a community. Standards addressing accessibility, sustainability, and environmental considerations ensure that developments are inclusive, environmentally responsible, and resilient.
Special Note: The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman has provided funding for this training program from the 1% surcharge on all building permits in the State of Utah.