Impacts on Urban Design
Analyze a district of Fargo using an inventory of its LDC todetermine if the desired effect of an urban planner as well asintention stated in the code is met in a straightforward and legiblemanner, using a set of urban design components and theobjective sense of the ease in doing so.
DMU, Downtown Mixed-Use District
“…intended to preserve and enhance the City’s downtown area.The district allows a broad range of uses in order to enhancedowntown Fargo’s role as a commercial, cultural, governmentaland residential center. In recognition of existing public facilitycapacity and downtown planning goals, very intensivedevelopment is allowed, with high building coverage, largebuildings, and buildings placed close together. Development isintended to be pedestrian-oriented with a strong emphasis on asafe and attractive streetscape” (City of Fargo, 20).
“…intended to create and maintain a general visual quality and
appearance that will be appealing to people who work in the DMUdistrict and to those who come to the downtown area for goods,services, entertainment or leisure. The regulations are alsointended to stimulate and protect investment in the DMU districtthrough the establishment of high standards with respect tomaterials, details, and appearance” (City of Fargo, 20).
Residential: household living, group living.
Institutional: colleges, health care, parks/openareas, religious, safety services, daycare, basicutilities (recycling containers screened from viewof residential zoning districts and public right-of-way), community service (not 300ft of another community service), detention facilities, schools.Commercial: office, parking commercial, retailsales/services, off-premise advertising signs (>300ft from residential zoning, religious institutionpark/recreation area, school or other off-premiseadvertising. Exceptions: <60sq ft nor 8ft in height