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Tony Perez
  • Education: B.S. Urban and Regional Planning, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Dog Breed: Toy Poodle
  • Bicycle: Ciocc road bike

Tony Perez, Director of Form-Based Coding

With 28 years of experience—12 as a public sector planner and the past 16 as a consulting professional writing Form-Based Codes—Tony is an expert at working with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and implementable development standards. His experience in the public and private sectors gives him sharp focus and broad perspective to ensure that the standards articulated will implement policies and deliver expected visions.

Tony learned the craft of preparing Form-Based Codes while working on a variety of projects over the past 16 years with Stefanos Polyzoides, Paul Crawford, Alan Loomis, and David Sargent—and most recently with Dan Parolek, Karen Parolek, Stefan Pellegrini, and John Miki. Tony is fluent in the language of urban design and architecture, enabling him to extract maximum information and direction out of a vision while asking important questions of the designers and stakeholders in the process. Tony is also adept at integrating each Form-Based Code with the community’s existing regulations and procedures.

Tony has authored or co-authored over 25 codes and peer-reviewed or contributed to over 20 others. His codes range in scale—from small neighborhood codes to corridor and suburban shopping center transformations to citywide codes. In many efforts, he has incorporated a hybrid approach: form-based zoning for walkable urban areas and improved conventional zoning for auto-oriented suburban areas. His work on the City of Santa Ana’s Transit Zoning Code was one of two winners in the United States of the 2012 Driehaus Award for Form-Based Codes.

A leader in advancing the practice of Form-Based Coding, Tony was on the 2016 Driehaus Award Jury and is a board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. As an FBCI instructor, he increasingly enjoys working with public sector planners across the U.S. to train them in using and explaining Form-Based Codes. He has taught Form-Based Planning and Coding to graduate students at Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA.

Tony is nearing completion of a case study book titled The Mexican Patio House, which analyzes 30 patio house buildings ranging from small urban houses to civic buildings to haciendas from Central Mexico. Tony is from the small California Delta town of Isleton and lives with his family in Camarillo.

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