The Development and Design Standards within the zoning code help protect the characteristics of the city we know and love. At the core it seeks to protect the health, welfare, safety and quality of life for residents, visitors, and business owners. It addresses the physical relationship between development and nearby properties, public streets, neighborhoods, and the natural environment in order to implement the vision and goals of the city's Comprehensive Plan outlined in Blueprint Boise.
Design and Development
When do these standards apply?
The Design and Development Standards will apply to:
- all new development and redevelopment applications unless otherwise specified in another section of the code
- the construction of any new primary or accessory structures that require compliance with specific standards
- development where compliance is required with specific Design Standards for specific Planning Areas.
Key Design and Development Standards
Lot and Building Forms and Dimensions
A detailed overview of Lot and Building Forms and Dimensions Standards.
Building Design Standards elevate the quality of architecture to protect Boise's character.
Access and Connectivity
The ability and ways in which we navigate and move efficiently between neighborhoods is vital.
Parking and Loading
Appropriately scaling parking and loading maximizes our land while preserving access throughout the city.
Landscaping, Fencing, Walls and Screening
Adequate requirements for green space, and aesthetic fencing, and walls and screening provide privacy and harmonious design.
Assured Water Supply
Access to clean water is imperative to sustainable growth through the Assured Water Supply requirements.
Exterior lighting requirements contribute to safety while ensuring neighboring spaces do not experience intrusive light.
Signs are directive and informative, but should match the quality design and character of their surroundings.
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