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Downtown Design Guidelines

The Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) is made up of city staff, staff from Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc., downtown residents, and downtown business owners. The DDRC uses the pdf  Downtown Design Review Standards and Guidelines  to shape new construction, rehabilitation, and other changes in the downtown area to maintain Kalamazoo's unique architectural style and history.


The pdf  DOWNTOWN DESIGN REVIEW STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES  are available as a single pdf document of 67 pages including new construction, existing buildings and streetscape projects. These sections are also available as separate documents.

  •   pdf  EXISTING BUILDINGS STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES  - Rehabilitation, restoration and additions of an existing building. Signs, canopies, awnings and street furniture as needed for the new building are covered separately in the pdf  STREETSCAPE STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES . This section also covers information on the Haymarket Historic District and other designated historic sites in the downtown including a comprehensive list of designated historic buildings by street address. Applications for Existing Buildings are here.
  •   pdf  STREETSCAPE STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES  - Streetscape elements are non-structural for the new or existing building. Signs, awnings, canopies, street furniture, sidewalk cafes, streetscape planting, paving and light fixtures are all discussed. Sidewalk cafes, sidewalk signs, overhanging signs, street furniture, awnings and canopies may also require an encroachment agreement from the city for the private use of the Public Right of Way. Applications for Streetscape are here.

Applications, Forms & Permits for New Construction, Existing Buildings and Streetscape are available at this site. Properties included in the Downtown Design Review District addresses are listed here as well. Downtown Design Review applies to new construction, changes or additions to existing buildings and streetscape projects.