Work Program Architects and Ray Gindroz have developed a series of pattern books for commercial and mixed-use development in the City of Norfolk. The publications utilize clear, 3D graphics that were custom created for each unique area of the City in order to be easily understood by citizens, builders, developers, City staff, the Architectural Review Board, and Planning Commission. They are a companion to the zoning ordinance, created to make the development process more predictable, and serve as a checklist and a conversation starter in the planning approval process. They provide guidelines for the development of commercial properties that reinforce and enhance the unique qualities of each of the three Character Districts: Traditional, Suburban, and Coastal.
The three pattern books guide the developer and design team to architectural and site planning solutions that: