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Municipal Design Review Network (“MDRN”)

Design Guidelines: Processes, Approaches and Examples John Hedrick, Esq. Senior Advisor


Overview • Perspective • General Design Review Approaches • Commission-Based Approaches – Processes – Design Guidelines – Case/Project Examples

• Observations

Glenview “Hybrid” Example

The Glen

Recipient of 2005 Award for Excellence

General Approaches

Architectural Review Commission

Plan Commission


Historic Character

Pro-Active Approaches

Complementary References

Major Public Projects

Processes/Guidelines/Examples I

Highland Park


Arlington Heights



Highland Park - Process

Highland Park - Standards

Highland Park – Example Before

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Lots of EFIS on the exterior No architectural treatment on sides or rear of building Exposed outdoor sales area

Highland Park – Example After

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Brick cladding Spandrel glazing on sides and rear with matching awnings Outdoor sales area was enhanced with iron fencing and landscaping

Arlington Heights - Process part I

Arlington Heights – Process part II

Arlington Heights - Guidelines

Arlington Heights – Example Before

Previous Lattof Chevrolet on Northwest Highway

Arlington Heights – Example After

New Mariano’s Fresh Market

Glenview - Process part I

Glenview - Process part II

Glenview – Example • • • •

Commission effort to work with business owner Creative alternatives were explored and considered Communications as factor Specialized Design Guidelines

Awning Design Guidelines



1. Location/Placement 1a. Long expanses of awnings are discouraged. Multiple awnings should be used to reflect the door and window openings beneath them. 1b. Awnings should have a pedestrian scale and be placed so as to provide weather protection and/or business identification to potential patrons of a business.

Multiple awnings reflect window openings (1a)

Long expanses of awnings are discouraged (1a)

1c. Awnings should be an enhancement to the building façade and should be proportional with and complementary to nearby buildings and awnings. 1d. Awnings should be mounted in locations that respect the design of the building and do not obscure ornamental features over storefronts (i.e. rooflines, arches, materials, banding).

Awnings enhance the building façade(1c)

Awnings do not provide weather protection (1b)

1e. Awnings are discouraged in locations which already have a covered walkway (i.e. arcade or promenade). 1f. In multi-tenant shopping centers, awnings should be coordinated to complement the overall architecture of the center.

Respects ornamental features of the façade (1d)

Obscures an ornamental feature of the façade (1d)


Form Based Code - Standards

Lakota Group illustration

Design Review – Commission Based Approaches







Highland Park





Arlington Heights









General Observations • Traditional Communities > process (clarity) < published (precedent)

• Growth Areas > process (expedite) > published (guidance)

• “Hybrids”: fit with historic?

Drafting Considerations • “Positioning” of Code/Guidelines • “Readability” • “Practice Pointers”, e.g. Illustrations: – Consistent references – Use of photos

Closing Perspective (Park Ridge)

Historic Character

Pro-Active Approaches

Complementary References

Major Public Projects

Ultimate Test

Municipal Design Review Network SCENIC ILLINOIS / DePaul - Chaddick Institute Š2007

“We’d now like to open the floor to shorter speeches disguised as questions.”


Glenview Design Guidelines • 5 year process (Community Input) • Working with Board Leadership • Many specific topics, including: – Signage (including multi-tenant) – Streetscape (Awnings – Dining) – Landscaping/Lighting – Downtown architecture

Glenview – Guidelines part I

Glenview â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Guidelines part II

Glenview - Example

Schaumburg - Process

Schaumburg - Sample