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    1. Free Parking
      Parking Guru Donald Shoup: The Pseudo-Science of Parking Regulations

      “It’s embarrassing for someone from L.A. to come to Bay Area to give advice on anything,” said Professor Donald Shoup as he opened a March speaking event in Berkeley. Shoup is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning UCLA. His lecture, … Continue reading

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    2. 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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    3. Millennium Gate Atlanta
      Excursion: Classical Architecture in Atlanta

      If you visit the Millennium Gate monument in Atlanta, GA, you will see the name of Opticos Principal Daniel Parolek carved into its base as one of the original designers. In 2000, Dan was one of 10 winners of an … Continue reading

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    4. 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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    5. Downtown Riverside, California
      Opticos Tops Riverside Smart Code Consultant Team Rankings

      Opticos Design is excited to work with the City of Riverside, CA, on its upcoming Smart Code Specific Plan. The city announced this week that Opticos has topped the consultant selection process rankings for the project. Opticos Principal Stefan Pellegrini … Continue reading

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    6. Austin Community Character in a Box
      Austin’s Community Character Initiative Surpasses 100-Box Milestone

      Austin’s CodeNEXT team is excited to announce that more than 150 Austin residents have signed up to host a group to complete a Community Character in a Box kit. The project surpassed a milestone this week—122 kits have already been … 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. DIY Community Character Documentation Launches in Austin
      DIY Community Character Documentation Launches in Austin

      The City of Austin is in the process of rewriting its land development code through an initiative called CodeNEXT and is calling upon Austenites to get involved. Residents are asked to help the CodeNEXT team to better understand the diverse character … Continue reading

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    9. Cincinnati community types framework
      APA Excellence Awards Recognition for Cincinnati

      Plan Cincinnati: A Comprehensive Plan for the Future, Cincinnati, Ohio 2014 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan Congratulations to our client, The City of Cincinnati Planning and Building Department for leading this award-winning project! The American Planning Association recently … Continue reading

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