Avoid modern and overly ornate architectural styles (see Section 4 of this document).
Avoid prototypical franchise architecture (as is typical in chain stores, restaurants, and gas stations) that does not complement a pastoral-agrarian-mountain village theme. If franchise architecture is proposed, suggest variations to the exterior design to incorporate elements characteristic of an architectural style that reinforces a pastoral-agrarian-mountain village theme.
When new structures are built, design them at an appropriate size and scale to the landscape. Buildings visible from Route 31 West should be no taller than 2½ stories (approximately 40 feet). Do not locate buildings taller than 2 ½ stories close to the road. If tall structures are proposed, set them back from the roadway such that they do not stand in sharp contrast to a scenic view or silhouette against the sky.
Use exterior building materials that could be found in the local, natural environment or that reflect textures and colors of the natural environment. Recommended primary building materials include: wood and timber, stone, brick, rustic irregular masonry, fiber cement siding, and modern composite materials that appear natural.
ROUTE 31 WEST CORRIDOR DESIGN GUIDE
DRAFT: MARCH 2009