The Business Value Of Form-based Zoning

If we want to improve our cities, we should start by throwing away the traditional municipal zoning code.

"If Americans built homes the way they build cities and suburbs, it would be illegal for your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen to be under the same roof," writes Ventura County Star senior reporter John Krist, after attending a talk by author and planner Peter Katz.

"As labels go, 'form-based codes' is pretty terrible. The concept it embodies, however, is one many communities ought to consider embracing, particularly those --like most in Ventura County -- facing political or physical constraints on their ability to accommodate population growth and economic development. Managers in Ventura and Santa Paula already are taking a hard look at it, as they focus on imaginative redevelopment of their aging urban fabric."

Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism

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