Industrial streets must serve major freight and loading activities, but should still have a safe and comfortable pedestrian realm

Industrial streets are defined by large-scale production, distribution, and repair facilities that have an assortment of challenging impacts on streetscape character. These streets typically have a less active street frontage punctuated by large driveways, loading docks, and other auto-serving facilities, and front on wide streets that accommodate large trucks. Sidewalks and streetscape amenities are often minimal.

While these streets must serve heavy trucks and loading functions, they should also consider the pedestrian realm for workers and others passing through.


An industrial street in the Central Waterfront
Typical Industrial Street SectionTypical Industrial Street Section



  • Access needs for local businesses, including loading activities and heavy trucks
  • Relatively low pedestrian volumes; however, need for pedestrian safety and comfort in challenging environment
  • Need for public spaces for workers to take breaks

Additional Guidelines

  • Industrial streets should use property line plantings and street trees where trees are not possible adjacent to the curb.
  • For specific stormwater control measures, see Stormwater Overview.


Standard Improvements

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Case by Case Additions

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Perpendicular or Angled Parking5. Perpendicular or Angled Parking


Typical Industrial Street PlanTypical Industrial Street Plan (See above for Case by Case Additions)