Route 5 & 20 Corridor

Route 5 & 20 Corridor

Design Guidelines

As the “front door” to the Towns of Canandaigua, East Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, and the Village of Bloomfield, the Route 5 and 20 Corridor is interwoven with the community fabric and a key component of the quality of life in Ontario County.

The communities along the designated roadway in Ontario County seek to revise their land use regulations by implementing recommendations contained in the Route 5 and 20 Corridor Management Plan, completed in 2003. This will constitute the initial step in the implementation of the corridor management plan, which was developed jointly by the communities to improve transportation conditions, visual character, economic development and land use compatibility, as well as to enhance the preservation of important natural, agricultural, scenic, and open space resources along the corridor.

Countryside Design: Overview

Traditional development in the Towns of Canandaigua and East and West Bloomfield are key components of the community. This character is important to resident’s quality of life, property values and tourism. Based on this public purpose, all of the either new, expanded or renovated buildings and structures within view of the scenic Corridor should be designed and constructed with sensitivity toward the existing community character. New buildings and additions to existing buildings can blend into an area without imitation or by trying to replicate an historic architectural period. By incorporating the important architectural characteristics into a contemporary design, a new structure or addition can blend with its surrounding.

There are a number of architectural elements which work together to create a building’s character. These elements include the building’s scale and proportion, roof design, windows, doors and building materials. Gas station and convenient stores present special design challenges.

Understanding these elements and their relationship to each other is essential for designing compatible renovations, additions and new buildings. The guidelines are intended to assist property owners and municipal decision makers in the design and review of development proposals along the corridor.

Emphasis should be placed on creating an interesting visual impression, particularly as viewed from the corridor. The use of different textures, complementary colors, contrasting shapes and detailing to create an appealing facade is strongly encouraged: while blank walls are strongly discouraged.

Overall, the design guidelines are intended to ensure compatibility between traditional and new development, and to include the following considerations:

  • New development. The exterior appearance of new buildings should complement and strengthen the existing traditional character. Avoid sharp contrasts of building footprint, height, color, materials, roof types and facade treatments between traditional new development
  • Restoration and rehabilitation projects. Renovated buildings should retain the original architectural form and style as well as the essential and prominent features and materials of the original façade.


Routes 5 & 20 Corridor Design Guidelines