The Emeryville Citywide Design Guidelines build on the Urban Design Element of the General Plan, which expresses the community’s vision for Emeryville’s evolution from a center for commerce into a livable and diverse city for residents, workers, and visitors. They provide specific and broad recommendations to create high quality buildings and site plans that will result in more attractive, livable, sustainable, and safe streets and districts, and apply to all development in the city.
The Guidelines are prescriptive enough to create a framework for design and carry out the community’s urban design vision, but flexible to allow for creativity and innovation in design and planning. While the Guidelines largely address private development and its relationship to the public realm, guidelines for street landscaping and sidewalk design are also outlined. The Guidelines were adopted in December 2010.