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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    1. Beaufort County Myrtle Park T4
      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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    2. Tehachapi citywide code page
      Tehachapi City Council Set To Adopt Groundbreaking Hybrid Zoning Code

      Tehachapi, CA, will soon have a groundbreaking new citywide hybrid code. The first reading took place at the city council’s meeting on October 6, in which council members voted unanimously to adopt the code. Project leaders say the new code has been completely … Continue reading

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    3. Cincinnati Citywide Form-Based Code led by Opticos was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool or Process by CNU
      Cincinnati Form-Based Code Earns Top Award at CNU22

      The Cincinnati Form-Based Code led by Opticos was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool or Process at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 13th Annual Charter Awards in Buffalo, N.Y., held during CNU’s annual Congress, June 4 – 7. … Continue reading

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    4. Tony Perez at Cal Poly Pomona
      Opticos Goes to School on Form-Based Codes

      Tony Perez, Opticos Design’s Director of Form-Based Coding, has gone back to school this spring, teaching a graduate-level studio dedicated to Form-Based Coding at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. While some universities invite guest lecturers to speak about … Continue reading

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    5. Mesa Arizona downtown master plan and form-based code
      Quick, High-Quality Results for Mesa’s Downtown Form-Based Code

      The City of Mesa, AZ, hired Opticos to create a Master Plan and Form-Based Code that would remove existing barriers to revitalizing the city’s downtown. The code was adopted in June 2012, and the first project to be developed with … Continue reading

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    6. Port Royal, South Carolina Form-Based Code
      Port Royal Moves Forward with FBC Approval Process

      The town council in Port Royal, SC, voted unanimously to give preliminary approval to the proposed Form-Based Code at its March 12 meeting. The Beaufort-Port Royal Metropolitan Planning Commission approved the proposal in December. Opticos Design was commissioned to create … Continue reading

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    7. Frontage Standards porch
      Why I Make Form-Based Codes

      Tony Perez is Opticos Design’s Director of Form-Based Coding. He has over 26 years of planning experience in both the public and private sectors, and is an expert at working with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and … Continue reading

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    8. Cincinnati Westwood neighborhood
      Westwood Set to Become Fourth Cincinnati Neighborhood to Adopt FBC

      The Westwood Coalition hopes that Cincinnati’s Form-Based Code will help to revitalize the neighborhood’s historic business district. On Dec. 13, the Cincinnati Planning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation to adopt the city’s FBC in a portion of the neighborhood. The … Continue reading

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    9. Different places in Austin require different zoning tools
      Different Zoning Tools for Different Places (Video)

      Opticos’s Dan Parolek traveled to Austin to speak at the Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors’s event “Catalysts for Change” in mid-October. He was there to introduce the process and various approaches to CodeNext, the project to update Austin’s land development code. Invited … Continue reading

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    10. Lamont opening planning workshop
      Chicago Planning Agency Releases Guide to FBCs

      Is your neighborhood, community, or city considering a Form-Based Code? Maybe you think you already have one? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning recently released a simple, little handbook to help communities and individuals understand what Form-Based Codes are, and … Continue reading

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