Category Archives: Form-Based Codes

Form-Based Codes use form-based rather than use-based zoning to create walkable, livable, mixed-use neighborhoods.

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      Public Draft of Austin’s CodeNEXT Land Development Code Now Live!

      After intensive public outreach, diagnosis, and drafting, the City of Austin recently released the public review draft of its CodeNEXT Land Development Code. As lead consultant for the project, Opticos introduced the code to the public at a meeting of the … Continue reading

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      How to Get By-Right Zoning Right

      By-Right Zoning is getting a lot of buzz these days as a needed tool to help solve the affordable housing crisis many communities are facing. For those unfamiliar, a zoning code is considered “By-Right” if the approvals process is streamlined … Continue reading

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      Alphabet Soup for Zoning? No Thanks, I’ll Have It Form-Based

      With our goals of strengthening communities and improving lives, Opticos Design has developed and refined Form-Based Coding as a highly effective zoning tool to reinforce the character and quality of a place. Below, Tony Perez, Opticos’ Director of Form-Based Coding, … Continue reading

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      Opticos Goes Back to School: 2016 Edition

      Tony Perez, Opticos’ Director of Form-Based Coding, recently wrapped up a second edition of his design studio class at UCLA, which focused on the differences between the prevalent use-based planning system and the increasingly popular form-based planning system. Tony took … Continue reading

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      Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital Wins APA International Planning Achievement Award

      We are thrilled to announce that one of our projects—Gabon, Africa’s Akanda Masterplan and SmartCode—is the recipient of the 2016 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award given to groundbreaking international projects by the American Planning Association. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek reflects on the innovative effort … Continue reading

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      Why is Missing Middle Housing “Missing?”

      As we and others have noted, there is a clear and growing demand for walkable urban living. Around the country, cities and builders are seeing that home buyers and renters of all walks of life want walkable environments that foster … Continue reading

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      Opticos Design’s South Kaua’i Community Plan and Form-Based Code Is Adopted by The County Council

      After a series of successful public hearings with the County Planning Commission last fall, the South Kaua‘i Community Plan and Form-Based Code was adopted by the County Council on July 10th, 2015. Hawai’i’s Kaua’i County has been working on several … Continue reading

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      Beaufort County FBC Gets the Nod from Driehaus, CNU Charter Awards

      Beaufort County has experienced incredible growth in the past 10 years, and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. To help channel future growth toward existing urban areas, and protect the county’s rural character, the county, the City of … Continue reading

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      Opticos Goes Back to School on Form-Based Codes, Part 2

      This winter quarter at UCLA, Tony Perez, director of Form-Based Coding at Opticos Design, is teaching UP 252, a graduate-level class on Form-Based Coding and planning on Thursday evenings in a three-hour studio format. Working in small teams, the students … Continue reading

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      Beaufort County Eliminates PUDs in Favor of Walkable Neighborhoods!

      After several years of analysis and discussion, the Beaufort County, SC, Council voted 9 to 1 to adopt the Community Development Code, a comprehensive overhaul of the county’s zoning code. The CDC is a hybrid code, incorporating new zoning regulations … Continue reading

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