Welcome to the Berkley DDA Design Guidelines Informational page.

Our goal is to keep our business owners and residents updated on the Design Guidelines process as it progresses. Please check back occasionally for updates.

First Public Input Session:

Wednesday, September 27th, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Collaborative Center, Berkley Public High School

Download a PDF of the flier.


Design Guidelines Rationale

Berkley’s commercial districts, especially those represented by the DDA, collectively represent the area of the City that help formulate “first impressions” for visitors, prospective residents, and potential investors.

Design Guidelines are a valuable tool for enhancing the aesthetic character and competitiveness of commercial districts and help ensure that those “first impression” are memorable for all the right reasons.

Our goal is for these Design Guidelines to be adopted by the City of Berkley and its Planning Commission and be used to enhance and revise current building and zoning codes. Long term, the Guidelines will be a tool to improve the appearance of the DDA District and, as a result, provide greater ROI for property owners, developers, and the City in the form of increased property values.

Goals for the Guidelines are:

  • Establish a quality appearance whether the building is historic or new construction
  • Encourage diversity in styles
  • Ensure that downtown continues to be a successful retail district
  • Create a contiguous sense of place
  • Preserve an authentic built environment
  • Preserve historic sense of place
  • Respect human scale
  • Respect adjacent buildings and businesses
  • Respect natural environment and encourage sustainable investment and infrastructure

The Guidelines will address things such as:

  • Building Height, bulk, placement, orientation, and proportion
  • Building Materials
  • Doors, windows, etc.
  • Rear entrances, facades
  • Parking areas and open spaces
  • Lighting
  • Signage
  •  Awnings and canopies
  • Landscaping / site improvements
  • Public improvements
  • Streets
  • Sidewalks
  • Trash receptacles