Form-Based Codes

January 4, 2013, 6am PST
Like a lot of people, Placeshakers is kicking off the new year with a list: placemaking wishes for 2013. Read on for seven trending ideas they hope break large.
October 13, 2012, 9am PDT
Get lost in the details when explaining zoning reform? Hazel Borys puts forth a pictorial review that helps.
June 15, 2012, 8am PDT
Connecting existing assets and social networks with very little additional monetary investment can generate returns in lean times, writes Hazel Borys.
June 1, 2012, 7am PDT
While raw density numbers are sure to pick a fight, discussing character-based building typologies one neighborhood at a time may help find common ground.
May 7, 2012, 1pm PDT
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.
April 30, 2011, 5am PDT
Howard Blackson looks at new tools for fixing cities, including form-based codes, plans for complexities (neighborhoods, urban patterns, architecture), classification of character, and funding systems.
October 25, 2010, 10am PDT
Planetizen talks with Peter J. Park, Manager of Community Planning and Development for the City of Denver, Colorado, about the return of physical planning, the city's form-based code, and more.
Tim Halbur
July 20, 2010, 12pm PDT
Citywide form-based codes are gaining in popularity, with Miami's recently implemented code and a new code in Denver. But some architects worry about if and how these new codes will impact their work and the look of their cities.
May 27, 2010, 6am PDT
Five years in the works, Denver's new zoning code has been introduced. The form-based code now faces a period of public input before its expected approval.
The Denver Daily News
May 5, 2010, 10am PDT
There are nearly 300 form-based codes either enacted or in development across North America. <em>New Urban News</em> takes a look at the rising trend.
New Urban News
August 24, 2009, 8am PDT
Denver is seeking to revise its zoning, shifting to a form-based code that more precisely dictates what type of buildings go where and what they should look like.
Architectural Record
August 13, 2009, 3am PDT
Zoning is often portrayed as the great evil of city planning, but Les Pollock of Camiros argues that we shouldn't dismiss the power of zoning to create great communities.
Leslie S. Pollock, FAICP
August 7, 2009, 10am PDT
In a surprising turn of opinion, Miami commissioners voted against the city's long-planned form-based code, Miami 21.
The Miami Herald
August 6, 2009, 10am PDT
The Miami Herald looks at the redevelopment of Biscayne Boulevard, which was unofficially accomplished using the still proposed Miami 21 zoning regulations, and wonders if all of the city's corridors could redevelop in such a manner.
Miami Herald
Blog post
August 2, 2009, 8pm PDT

After more than four years of public meetings, new drafts, extensive revisions, debate, and controversy, Miami 21 is finally scheduled for its first City Commission reading on August 6th. For all who have, or continue to work patiently and dilligently on the groundbreaking zoning code, this is exciting and relieving news.  

Mike Lydon
February 2, 2009, 5am PST
Don Elliott, author of <em>A Better Way to Zone,</em> argues that dynamic zoning regulations can help cities grow appropriately and avoid bottlenecks to good development.
Don Elliott