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Oklahoma City's Downtown Development Framework is document that helps to guide public and private investments by showing clear expectations of future development and design. A first step for the City towards creating form based code, all to make sure that investments in downtown OKC support the long term vision for the area.





Oklahoma City, OK (US)

City of Oklahoma City


Strategy, design, policy

Downtown Development Framework

DDF Update

Development typologies


Development typologies establish a vision for downtown Oklahoma City that focuses on type, height, and scale of future buildings within various areas that impact future design, land use and infrastructure decisions.

Typologies and networks


Development needs to respond to future changes in networks. The bicycle network identifies the most appropriate streets for new bicycle infrastructure. These routes connect to a city-wide system and take the modern streetcar route into account as well.

DDF Update Bicycle Netowork
DDF Update High Intensity
Pedestrian zone

Design principles

Many design principles are visualized by images and illustrations. These give an idea of what each downtown area could look like and what the regulations and guidelines for new development try to achieve.

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Key Design Principles​

  • Continuous and connected ground floor commercial space;

  • Limited building setback from curb;

  • Building components (height, window transparency, awnings & signage, etc.) that support and enhance retail and dining businesses;

  • Parking structures encouraged to have ground floor commercial space;

  • Limited curb cuts and direct access to parking structures, unless otherwise inaccessible;

  • No surface parking lots facing the streets.

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