This committee is important to implementation of our new Mixed Use Town Center Plan. I am a member of the committee - we meet once a month (when there is an application) to consider signage and renovation plans for businesses in the town center. In this way we can encourage a common "look and feel" to our business frontages, helping to tie together the whole commercial district.
City Seeks Business Member for Town Center Design Review Committee
The City is currently soliciting for one business member for the Town Center Design Review Committee. The Committee is composed of 2 business members, 2 resident members and 2 municipal members and reviews all new development projects and exterior renovations in the Mixed-Use Town Center Zone. This Zone extends along Rhode Island Avenue from the City limits into the 3400 block and along 34th Street from the 3700 block into the 4000 blocks and includes part of Bunker Hill. Each Committee member will be given a copy of the Mount Rainier Town Center Development Plan. This plan contains the design guidelines which the Committee uses to review applications.
Business and/or property owner members must own either a business or property within the Mixed-Use Town Center Zone or the City. The City would again be looking for members who have a sense of fairness in reviewing applications and who are interested in the on-going revitalization of the downtown business area. Committee members should be willing to help encourage appropriate building alterations and signage among business and property owners and to help educate rather than regulate. Applications to be on the Committee are due to City Hall by November 11, 2011. The final selection of committee members will be made by the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission from the pool of applicants submitted by the City.