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. Downtown Benson, Nebraska
      How Form-Based Codes Can Make Neighborhoods Great

      Opticos Design has partnered with the Project for Public Spaces and the City of Omaha, Nebraska, to host an educational Form-Based Code workshop in the city’s Benson neighborhood. The public workshop will discuss how Omaha neighborhoods can use FBCs to … Continue reading

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      Getting America Out of the Car and Back on Her Own Two Feet

      Walkability is not a new idea. Some of the most world’s most beloved and most visited cities like Paris, Venice, and New York are inherently walkable—it’s no coincidence they were established long before the advent of the automobile. Vancouver, B.C., … Continue reading

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      Madisonville Becomes First Cincinnati Neighborhood to Implement New FBC

      Madisonville is a neighborhood located 10 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. When Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls introduced the idea of a Form-Based Code for the city some five years ago, all Cincinnati neighborhoods were invited to learn more about … Continue reading

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      Opticos’s Dan Parolek Will Speak in Austin as an Expert on LDC Updates

      Many of the country’s land development codes are outdated and overly complex. Last year the Austin City Council adopted a 30-year comprehensive plan to update and revise Austin’s LDC with the aim to create safe, modern, and well-maintained neighborhoods for … Continue reading

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      Reversing the Trend in America’s Post-Industrial Cities

      Can a Form-Based Code reverse the economic decline seen in many post-industrial cities? We think so! In a recent blog post on urbonfile.com, Aaron M. Renn points to Cincinnati as a post-industrial city-to-watch, to see if public investment could turnaround … Continue reading

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      Austin or Bust: Opticos Heads to Texas to Launch Code Rewrite

      In 2012, the City Council in Austin, Texas, adopted Imagine Austin. The 30-year comprehensive plan aims to create a vibrant, more livable, and connected city through safe, affordable, and well-maintained neighborhoods; a network of parks and open space; environmental responsibility … Continue reading

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      Avoid These Mistakes to Write Better Form-Based Codes

      In his article, “Avoiding Common Form-Based Coding Mistakes, Part 2,” Dan Parolek discusses several common mistakes of writing Form-Based Codes—and how to avoid them. He says that a lack of planning can undermine a Form-Based Coding effort and takes a … Continue reading

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      How Form-Based Codes Can Modernize Your Community’s Zoning

      In an article that appears in the August 2013 issue of the Better Cities & Towns newsletter, Tony Perez, Opticos Design’s director of Form-Based Coding, explains how Form-Based Codes can modernize and simplify a community’s zoning. He says that FBCs are designed … Continue reading

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    9. Austin, Texas
      Austin, Texas: Cool Neighborhoods, Walkability, and A Culture of Creativity

      Opticos’s Dan Parolek and John Miki were in Austin, TX, last week for the successful kick-off of the citywide code rewrite. They were energized by a Code Advisory Group meeting, which demonstrated excitement about the project and confidence in the … Continue reading

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      Opticos-Led Charrette Succeeds in Cincinnati City Council Adoption of New Form-Based Code

      A powerful new Form-Based Code for Cincinnati, unanimously adopted on May 8 by the city council, will spur neighborhood development and preserve character in the city, putting physical form and how buildings should relate to each other and surrounding streets … Continue reading

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