Envision Franklin

92 ENVISION FRANKLIN | Design Concepts USES Primary Regional Commercial, Regional Office, and Research and Development Secondary Assisted Living, Hotels, Institutional, Local Commercial, Multifamily Residential, Professional Office, and Recreation FORM Building Placement Higher-intensity uses should be located closer to major thoroughfares, with less-intensive uses transitioning to established residential areas. Buildings should be arranged on sites so that they help to frame and define the streets, giving deliberate form to streets and sidewalk areas. Building setbacks should be minimal to create an active street environment that encourages pedestrian activity. Where internal drives are used to organize buildings and pedestrian movement, setbacks to internal drives should be minimized wherever possible. Along high-volume streets, buildings may be set back from the street, provided they are sited to be consistent with the predominant line of building massing (setback) along the street in order to create a defined streetscape and sense of place. When larger setbacks are used, plazas and formal open spaces that serve as pedestrian-friendly gathering places should be located between the building and the street, rather than parking, to activate the street frontage. Building design should provide contextual references to its surrounding built and natural environment. Design context could include natural features, such as a river, lake, park, open space, or hillside; historic and cultural contexts; and existing architecture. Examples of contextual references could include maximizing visual access to scenic views, streets, pedestrian corridors, plazas, public art, and prominent buildings; incorporating distinctive architectural details, materials, and styles from nearby buildings where an established character exists; and siting buildings in a manner that uses the natural topography and minimizes grading. Large expanses of surface-parking areas should be avoided. Infill buildings and associated parking structures are expected and encouraged to replace large, surface-parking lots. Buildings, where feasible, should be sited or designed to create public spaces, such as a formal open space, pedestrian plaza, courtyard, outdoor seating area, etc., that are easily accessible from adjacent streets or sidewalks. Drive-through windows and delivery or service areas should be to the side or rear of building. REGIONAL COMMERCE