Design Guidelines & Sign Code Update

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The draft Sign Code is under consideration for adoption by Planning Commission and City Council.  We want to hear from you with your feedback.  Attend the public open house, visit EngageLouisville, or send an email with your comments.  

The design standards are still under development, stay tuned for more information soon.

Commercial development in the City of Louisville is reviewed in accordance with the Commercial Development Design Standards and Guidelines (CDDSG) and Industrial Development is reviewed in accordance with the Industrial Development Design Standards and Guidelines (IDDSG).  The City has recently adopted two small area plans, The South Boulder Road Small Area Plan and the McCaslin Boulevard Small Area Plan, both of which include a directive to prepare design guidelines for each area included in these plans. 

The CDDSG and IDDSG were last updated in 2000.    The City recognizes that many of these standards and guidelines are outdated and do not reflect the current development trends nor vision for development within the City.   The City has contracted with Russell + Mills Studios to facilitate this process. The updated Design Guidelines will focus on maintaining current small town character, architectural integrity and aesthetics, multi-modal connectivity, integrated landscape features, site drainage, parking lot layout and circulation, and will include sustainability measures as determined through the review process and based on sound industry standards. 

The new standards will apply to all commercial and industrial development in the City, with the exception of Downtown Louisville and the Mixed-Use Zoned areas, which are regulated under the Design Handbook for Downtown Louisville and the Mixed Use Development Standards and Guidelines, respectively.  

 Currently, signs in the City of Louisville are regulated by:

Russell + Mills Studios and Martin Landers with Plan Tools, LLC will facilitate the update to the sign code.  The revised sign code provisions will apply to all signs in the City, including Downtown and the Mixed-Use zoned areas.

If you are interested in attending these meetings and staying informed throughout the process, please sign up for the Design Guidelines & Sign Code Update enotifications.

Please also visit the Engage Louisville website to stay up to date and participate online. We appreciate your participation!

For additional information, please contact the Planning Department, 303.335.4592.

Past Meetings

  • June 12, 2018 - Joint City Council and Planning Commission Discussion / Direction Meeting to discuss policies related to height
    Meeting Packet
  • April 26, 2018 - First Public Workshop



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