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    1. Tony Class_600
      The Top Seven Things I Teach About Form-Based Planning and Zoning

      Having taught form-based planning and zoning academically and professionally over the past ten years, there are a few key concepts I make it a point to teach to my students. In many cases, these are holes that a traditional planning … Continue reading

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      Innovative Missing Middle Housing in Daybreak Makes Livability an Attainable Reality

      We’re excited to announce that Phase 1 of our Mews Homes™, part of the award-winning Daybreak community outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, has reached substantial completion. Including 31 units and a site plan designed by Opticos, the collection of … Continue reading

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      Opticos at Home: Living in a Missing Middle Neighborhood

      Moving to a new city is often challenging, but for me, living in a Missing Middle neighborhood was the key to feeling at home in a new place. Since I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve lived in … Continue reading

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    4. One of the defining features of the master plan is this lakeside drive and promenade lined with mansion apartments. This a clear example of how this project is intended to redefine multi-family/apartment living with Missing Middle types applied at a neighborhood scale.
      Shaking Up the 21st-Century Multifamily Market with a Missing Middle Neighborhood

      What happens when a developer with passion for Missing Middle Housing buys and renovates 300+ units of historic Missing Middle Housing in Midtown Omaha, then gets bored while developing a few suburban garden apartments? He decides he wants to develop … Continue reading

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      Taking Sides? With Walkability, There’s No Need

      As advocates of walkable, livable places, we’ve been involved in urban design discussions around the country and worldwide, observing, learning and understanding firsthand the key steps to successfully creating walkable places—and supporting existing ones. Form-Based Coding is a key tool … Continue reading

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      The “Missing Middle” Housing Affordability Solution

      The lack of affordable housing is an increasing problem in many places—particularly those that are walkable and have transit service. The demand for walkable places continues to increase, but too much of what our zoning allows and what the market … Continue reading

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      A Tale of Three Places

      There are lots of ways to define and think about walkability, but for us, it’s clear: walkability and nice places go hand-in-hand. We look at three places and discover what’s working and what’s not. When you first think about walkability, … 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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    10. Hwy 395 Three Flags Highway Mono County CA
      Progressive Planning & Revitalization Strategies in Rural California

      U.S. Highway 395 (shown above), otherwise known as the Three Flags Highway, is the only road not part of the interstate highway system that extends from the Canadian border to southern California, through some of the most scenic and remote … Continue reading

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