§ 123-30 - Architectural Design.

§ 123-30 - Architectural Design.

The purpose of these regulations is to provide design standards for developments or renovations of commercial properties that compliment the overall New England-style ambiance of the community. The regulations are directed towards, but are not limited to, assisting corporate franchises and commercial developments in the design of structures that reflect the small town New England atmosphere unique to Conway.
Consideration must be given to human scale and pedestrian orientation for the design of, or renovation of a commercial structure.

These regulations are not intended to restrict imagination, innovation or variety in the new construction or renovation of commercial buildings and related property, but rather to encourage continued economic development, conserve property values, and further enhance the visual appearance of the community. These regulations (123-30) do not apply to buildings in the Industrial-1 and Industrial-2 districts.

  1. The regulations contained herein do not expect to foresee all possible proposed building situations. Decisions concerning such unforeseen situations will be made with these regulations in mind.
    1. Monotony of design or warehouse style structures shall be avoided. Variation in detail, form and siting shall be used to provide visual interest. In order to prevent the construction of warehouse style buildings-buildings with long, horizontal roof lines-all new buildings and additions shall have pitched roofs of 3:12 or greater or gabled roofs, where practical.
      In cases where pitched roofs are not practical, the use of false building fronts shall be used to imitate pitched roofs to vary the horizontal lines along portions of the facade to create the appearance of multiple attached buildings. All sides of a structure should receive design consideration. A facade unrelated to the rest of the building is not an acceptable design.
      In large commercial structures (over 200 feet in length) building elevations shall be designed to give the appearance of multiple attached buildings.
      In any case, all roof top mechanicals units shall be located so as not to be visible from street level or from public areas from ground level.
    2. The exterior surfaces of all buildings shall be covered with wood, stone, brick or man-made materials that simulate natural materials (such as architectural concrete masonary units). Pitched roofs shall be constructed of shingles, metal roofing or other materials traditionally used in this region.
    3. Windows shall comprise no less than 5% of the exterior wall surface of the portions of the building facing either a public right-of-way, parking area, or a development area-on or off site. Windows may be used for either interior illumination or for display purposes. This guideline will be waived if it is shown that the windows will serve no useful function and will interfere with an otherwise acceptable architectural design.
Architectural Design.

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