Originally Posted by Empire
Unfortunately HbD doesn't have a mandate to comment on design.
It does.... or rather, it's supposed to... was intended to?
Seriously though, HbD is supposed to set the quantitative parts of proposals (massing, setbacks, height, etc.) clearly, and the review board, composed of design professionals and some representatives of the general public, is supposed to deal with the qualitative aspects.
This has only been enacted for downtown so far, but the intent is to 1) identify sub-areas within the HbD study area that have unique and identifiable character (read: neighbourhoods), 2) and then set the guidelines for these.
Probably taking an eternity