Proposed design standards in Fayetteville, Arkansas, have developers concerned about rising costs and requirements. Many in the state's third most populous city fear the standards will hamper new development, especially smaller projects.
"The proposed urban design standards are part of the City Plan 2025, the planning document the city hopes will coordinate future growth in the city. The standards will guide how developers will construct new projects, setting rules for pushing buildings close to city streets and encouraging pedestrian-friendly features. Some of the standards also require developers to shield trash bins, receptacle and air conditioning units."
But the city has allowed developers to voice concerns about the standards -- an opportunity many developers accepted.
"Developers identified changes they would make to the proposed urban design standards, which would cover all multifamily developments in the city."