The Rise of the Form-Based Code

There are nearly 300 form-based codes either enacted or in development across North America. New Urban News takes a look at the rising trend.

"Recent progress includes the drafting of a new zoning code for Denver, Colorado, which aims at replacing a code that has been repeatedly patched during its 53-year existence. The code being proposed in Denver pays close attention to neighborhood context. It follows by a few months the adoption of a new code in Miami, which may be implemented May 20.

FBCs are on the rise in the Pacific Rim and in Europe, too. In March, Andres Duany conducted three 'test charrettes' in Scotland. Through the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative, Chief Planner Jim Mackinnon is setting up what Duany describes as 'an entirely new planning system' for that country."

Miami is at the forefront of this trend, after becoming the biggest American city to adopt a citywide form-based code. Many other smaller cities are using form-based codes as a way to spur economic development.

Full Story: Form based codes reach critical mass



Denver FBC

Just to be clear, Denver's code is FoBINO (form-based in name only). I don't think the architects of SmartCode envisioned a 300+-page document when they pictured their code on the ground.

This is not to say the new code is not an improvement. And I agree with Langdon's piece that much more attention is needed to teach/mentor how to do it.



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