Design review for the downtown area of the city of Vancouver was established in 1978 to assist architects and developers in their efforts to ensure quality design in their projects as well as compatibility of development projects with existing developments and city goals.
Most new developments and exterior remodeling projects within the Design Review area require design review approval prior to the city issuing a building permit for proposed construction.
In the past, the city used a Design Review Committee to review projects. More recently, however, the Code has been revised and the design review of projects is now handled by city planners. Projects located within the Historic Overlay District (VMC 20.510) or properties on the local or national historic register shall be forwarded to the Historic Preservation Commission for their review as well.
For more information on the design review process as well as the downtown design guidelines manual, please click on the following link.