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Urban Design Standards


Neighborhood Design District

The Neighborhood Design District is a special overlay zoning that was developed in response to citizen concerns about the incompatible design of new construction in traditional neighborhoods. The intent of the Neighborhood Design District is to provide minimum design standards for new dwellings and additions/exterior modifications of existing dwellings to ensure compatibility with existing development.

To learn more, download the Guide to the Neighborhood Design District (pdf)

Historic Overlay Districts

Click here for more information on the H-1 (Downtown) and H-2 (Neighborhood) Historic Overlay Districts.

Residential Plans Library

The Residential Plans Library is a database of professionally designed, pre-approved residential building plans available for purchase that complement the character of Roanoke’s neighborhoods. These complete sets of construction plans will save you time and money!
    Click here to view Residential Plans Library.

    Residential Pattern Book for the City of Roanoke

    The Residential Pattern Book for the City of Roanoke was unanimously endorsed by the Planning Commission on November 20, 2008. In developing the Pattern Book, the City of Roanoke strives to preserve and enhance the character and quality of its residential neighborhoods. The Pattern Book is a design aid for new construction and renovation of residential buildings (single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, townhouses, and multifamily dwellings). By exploring the historic development of the City’s existing neighborhoods and residential forms, the pattern book aims to guide homeowners, builders, and design professionals to appropriate maintenance and design decisions. But most importantly it is intended to instill pride in homeowners and encourage them to preserve the unique character of their homes and neighborhoods.

    Click here for the Residential Pattern Book

    Street Design Guidelines

    Click here for more information on the Street Design Guidelines and Complete Streets Policy.

    Urban Design Manual

    Roanoke's Urban Design Manual is now available. The manual provides guidance for development of a variety of building forms and site features. The manual was endorsed by Planning Commission in June 2013.