Guiding Documents


In addition to the Zoning and Development Code, Comprehensive Plan, Subarea Plans, and Redevelopment Plans (WRURA), there are other documents which are used to guide physical development and policy decisions in the community.

NRS.jpg Opens in new windowFinal NRS Report Cover - thumbnail - drop shadow Opens in new windowCity Council originally adopted the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) as an amendment to the city's Comprehensive Plan on July 25, 2005.  In 2018, a year-long process was initiated to update the NRS.  This included robust public input led by a 26-member citizen steering committee.  City Council adopted the updated NRS document by resolution on July 22, 2019.

Click for more information on the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy.  Click the icons at the right to read the original and updated NRS documents. 

The Architectural and Site Design Manual (ASDM) was overhauled and approved by City Council on July 16, 2012. This document provides architectural and site design requirements for new development throughout the city.  The ASDM was updated most recently in April 2020.

The Streetscape Design Manual (SDM) adopted by City Council on March 28, 2011, through Ordinance 1481, establishes streetscape design requirements (such as sidewalks and street trees) for the public right-of-way adjacent to private property.  The SDM was updated most recently in March 2021.
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Other divisions and departments also create long range guiding documents for the City.  These include the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (managed by the Engineering Division) and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan (managed by the Parks and Recreation Department).

City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan on January 9, 2023. This plan includes a needs assessment, articulates City policy related to affordable housing, and curates a responsive set of actions with recommended sequencing. More information can be found on the project website at

Cover Page of Housing Strategy Document