Cincinnati Embraces the Form-Based Code

As Cincinnati embarks on an effort to rewrite its building regulations, city leaders hope a form-based code will provide the tools necessary to revitalize its neighborhoods, writes Carrie Whitaker.
May 7, 2012, 1pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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With an estimated 700 Cincinnatians participating in workshops last week to help design its new form-based code, the city's Department of Planning and Buildings is hoping they've found the right tool to revive a city that has half the population it did 60 years ago, and a 17 percent housing vacancy rate.

Following the lead of planners in Nashville, whose work with form-based codes has served as a precedent for leaders in Cincinnati, the city's effort will kick off in four of the city's neighborhoods: College Hill, Walnut Hills, Westwood and Madisonville, utilizing a $2.4 million Community Challenge Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Learn more about the project at the city's new Plan Build Live website.

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Published on Sunday, May 6, 2012 in Cincinnati.com
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