In the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, good urban design in the public realm is the basis for design standards and guidelines that have been adopted for design review districts in the Gaines Street Study Area and other parts of the city. Compliance with the regulations is part of the permitting process. Along with the Growth Management Department, DesignWorks reviews projects to ensure that they contribute to what is envisioned for their location..
DesignWorks considers many elements of the built environment to be integral to the lives of Tallahassee residents. The following urban design topics enhance the economic, social, and aesthetic qualities of the city of Tallahassee: