Missouri Town Approves Form-Based Code

<p>The town of Blue Springs, Missouri, has turned to a form-based code to help revitalize its downtown and improve predictability for residents and developers alike.</p>
April 5, 2007, 6am PDT | Mike Lydon
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"The structure and look of downtown Blue Springs is heading in a new direction."

"The City Council on Monday approved changes that will streamline approval of business projects and grant greater freedom to owners to upgrade their homes. The new zoning classifications and building regulations for the area received unanimous approval."

"The changes are a step toward implementing the city's downtown master plan, approved earlier this year. They include new classifications for single-family zoning in neighborhoods surrounding the downtown commercial area. Closer to Main Street, a mix of business and residential development will be allowed, with certain restrictions. Mixed use of businesses and commercial projects will be encouraged on Main Street."

Thanks to Kevin Klinkenberg

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Published on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 in The Kansas City Star
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