Purpose of the Design Committee
The Design Committee plays a key role in shaping the physical image of Main Street as a place attractive to shoppers, investors, business owners, and visitors. To succeed, your committee must persuade fiercely independent business and
property owners and civic leaders to adopt a specific approach, and an ambitious agenda, for physical improvements to buildings, businesses and public improvements by:
- Educating others about good design- enhancing the image of each business as well as that of the district
- Providing good design advice encouraging quality improvements to private properties and public spaces
- Planning Main Street’s development – guiding future growth and shaping regulations
- Motivating others to make changes – creating incentives and targeting key projects
Much of this work occurs in partnership with the program manager and in one-on-one relationships with members of the downtown community- property owners, business managers, city staff, and elected officials.
The Design Committee’s responsibilities specifically include the following:
- Direct design improvement activity relating to building maintenance and rehabilitation, historic preservation, new construction, public information and privately owned signs, graphic material, public improvements, visual merchandising, traffic & parking.
- Establish a sound relationship with local design and construction professionals, sharing technical information on historic preservation, rehabilitation and maintenance of traditional commercial buildings.
- Promote awareness of downtown design and historic preservation issues throughout the community and monitor design changes throughout downtown.
- Monitor local ordinances and other applicable regulations affecting downtown design issues and work toward developing a supportive regulatory environment for downtown revitalization activity.
- Allocate funds for design improvement activities in accordance with the Main Street program’s annual work plan and budget.
- Establish a sound working relationship with the state historic preservation office and other state and regional agencies that provide assistance in areas related to downtown design improvement through historic preservation.
- Conduct and maintain a thorough inventory of downtown properties.
The Design Committee works with the Town of Denton, the Main Street Manager, local businesses, and property owners to facilitate a positive visual image of the Central Business District that will help retain, promote, and attract Downtown business. The Design Committee will focus on Downtown aesthetics & appearance, working on matters such as street scapes, building façade, signage and/or banners, attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, sidewalks, and landscaping. The Design Committee will instill good maintenance practices within the district and encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings & appropriate new construction. The Design Committee will develop sensitive design management systems and long-term planning strategies.
Individuals interested in joining the Committee are invited to attend a meeting as a guest, after which a follow up discussion with the Chair will determine if their skills/background are best suited to fill a vacant committee seat. A confirmation letter will be sent to new committee members that will include committee guidelines and orientation information.
|Member||Thomas (Tom) Benson|
|Planning Liason||Tom Batchelor|
|TOD Liason||Don Mulrine|
Notice of the place, day, and hour of every regular and special meeting shall be given to each committee member by e-mail at least 2 days before the time set for the meeting.
At meetings a quorum shall consist of at least 3 committee members, present in person.
Decisions of the Economic Restructuring Committee are subject to approval by the Board and should be in keeping with the Board’s annual goals and priorities.
The Committee may discuss issues outside the context of a meeting by means of telephone, e-mail, or other communication.
Guests may attend Committee meetings by notifying the Committee Chair and should ask to be put on the agenda if they wish to address a particular issue.
All new members of the Economic Restructuring Committee shall participate in an orientation program familiarizing themselves with the goals and objectives of the Committee and the Organization.