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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.124
Section 17C.124.540

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.540 Prominent Entrance – Building Design

  1. Purpose.
    To ensure that building entrances are easily identifiable and clearly visible from roads and sidewalks. The purpose is also to have weather protection at building entrances.
  2. Prominent Entrance Implementation.
    Principal entry to the store/building shall be marked by at least one element from Group A and one element from Group B: (R)

    1. Group A.

      1. Large entry doors.

      2. Recessed entrance.

      3. Protruding entrance.

    2. Group B.

      1. Canopy.

      2. Portico.

      3. Overhang.

Weather protection provided by a canopy and large
entry doors help to define this entrance.


A recessed entry with overhead weather protections
and distinctive and artistic doors define the entrance.


This entrance is emphasized by a multistory protrusion that
breaks up the massing, along with an emphasized cornice,
and overhead weather protection over the entry doors.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1