Entry Corridor Design Standards
In 2001, the City of St. Augustine identified King Street, San Marco Avenue, and Anastasia Boulevard as critical gateways into the city. These three (3) corridors serve as the main entry and exit points for the city and are integral to the experience of living in and visiting St. Augustine. To protect the character of these areas, the city adopted the Design Standards for Entry Corridors two years later in 2003. The standards set parameters that helped owners and businesses as they built, rehabilitated, and repaired their properties on the corridors.
Beginning in 2016, and concluding in 2019, each of the three corridors were updated to include their own set of guidelines. The updates were identified in the strategic goals adopted by the City, were supported by the City’s vision plan, and were part of the City’s ongoing efforts to update the land development codes and guidelines regulating development within the City. The intent of the updates was to better define, clarify, and simplify the standards enforced by the city and to provide guidance on details like preferred architectural styling, lighting, and landscaping.
For specific questions about how the guidelines impact a project or to see if your property is located within an Entry Corridor, contact the Planning and Building Department.
Anastasia Boulevard Design Standards
Davis Shores was originally platted in 1925 during Florida's real estate boom and was intended to be an extravagant planned community. Major development did not take place until the 1950s due to the economic bust in the late 1920s, however, the original street and boulevard pattern is still seen today in the Davis Shores neighborhood and in the Anastasia Boulevard corridor.
To learn about the Anastasia Boulevard Design Standards and how they can impact a project, click here.
San Marco Avenue Design Standards
The San Marco Avenue corridor developed primarily between the 1890s and 1930s and was influenced by the street trolley system, which ran between St. Augustine's downtown area and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. The corridor is defined by commercial and residential buildings and can be broken down into two districts. The south district, which runs between West Castillo and Picolata Road, has a high concentration of retail and dining establishments. It has the densest development and is defined by commercial structures, many of which sit on the sidewalk and have little to no separation. Frame Vernacular residences also dot the streetscape. Some of the former homes have been converted for business use. The north district is a commercial area that has multiple eateries and attractions.
To learn about the San Marco Avenue Design Standards and how they may impact a project, click here.
King Street Design Standards
The King Street corridor developed, in part, with the help of the F.E.C railway depot that sat on the San Sebastian River. Its West King neighborhood was also home to Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College, a historically black college. Students from the school participated in sit-ins and protests during the Civil Rights Era.
The corridor is defined by two (2) districts, which run from Granada Street to the west city limits, and is home to many local businesses and institutions to include restaurants, a brewery, and galleries, and Flagler College. The area also has several attractions, a school, the Boys and Girls Club, a church, and some residential homes, which have been converted into commercial structures.
To learn about the King Street Design Standards and whether they will impact a proposed project, review the standards here.