In November, CHS reported on the process to update the Capitol Hill Design Guidelines — Rule #1: No ugly buildings, we quipped. The guidelines, which haven’t been updated since 2005, serve as a neighborhood-specific vetting framework for projects that go through the city’s broader design review process. These guidelines inform how design review boards evaluate the exterior aesthetic of proposed projects (the guidelines include metrics such as building materials and building shape).
Community groups and neighbors highly engaged in the effort have provided feedback to shape the update — but officials are also collecting preferences from respondents via this Capitol Hill Design Guidelines Update survey:
It’s actually kind of fun to fill out. The survey gives respondents a selection of images showing various real-world, many on-Hill example of design properties like pedestrian-level landscaping, street-level retail, incorporation of art and sculpture, storefronts, and materials. We had a difficult time zeroing in on the limit of two selections in each category and are looking forward to seeing the results of the survey.
It’s almost as good as our infamous Capitol Hill Ugly/Not Ugly survey of 2014. Set aside 15 minutes and dive in. You have until the end of the month to help shape the next decade of Capitol Hill development.