The Five Points Design Guidelines are principle-based guidelines, intended to support the goals and objectives of the Future Five Master Plan, which was adopted by City Council in August 2006.
The strongest sentiment that came from the master planning process was the desire to preserve the unique village atmosphere of Five Points. Current zoning regulation alone could ultimately result in the erosion of the village atmosphere over time, while too much design regulation could stifle the creative expressions of art, architecture, and signage that gives 5 Points its eclectic flavor. The Design Principles are general principles that every new development or major improvement shall meet. The Design Guidelines are more specific recommendations on how the principles may be met, largely drawn from physical characteristics found in 5 Points.