Form-Based Codes

A map showing zoning for the South District in the city of Iowa City.

Missing Middle Housing, Form-Based Code Added to the Zoning Menu in Iowa City

The Iowa City Planning Commission approved a rezoning amendment that will allow new missing middle density and implement a form-based code for the city's South District. The city could expand the concepts as it expands the city in the future.

October 6, 2021 - Iowa City Press Citizen

Congress for the New Urbanism

Meet CNU's New Executive Director

The Congress for the New Urbanism has announced the hiring of Rick Cole as the its new executive director, filling a role left vacant by the departure of Lynn Richards earlier this year.

May 5, 2021 - CNU Public Square

Palm Court

Reconsidering the 'Special Area Plans' of Miami 21

Insider knowledge on one of the most controversial components of a groundbreaking plan.

January 5, 2021 - Globe St.

Seaside Entrance

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New Urbanism is one of the most influential planning and urban design reform movements of recent decades.

November 30, 2020 - James Brasuell

Ohio River

Form-Based Codes Explained as Covington's Neighborhood Development Code Takes Effect

The new form-based code for the Kentucky city of Covington went into effect on October 15. Officials are promoting the simplicity of the new code to the public.

October 19, 2020 - WCPO

Cincinnati Area

New Form-Based Neighborhood Development Code Approved in Covington, Kentucky

Covington, Kentucky, located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, has implemented a fundamental shift in the city's planning philosophy by adopting a new form-based Neighborhood Development Code.

September 29, 2020 - The River City News

Zoning Code

What Is a Form-Based Code?

Form-based codes are a variety of development regulation that departs significantly from the land use control approach of most zoning codes in the United States.

July 16, 2020 - James Brasuell

New York Development

What Are Zoning Codes?

Local governments use zoning codes to define what can and cannot be built. While comprehensive plans and other kinds of plans lay out a vision for the future, zoning codes offer the legal tools to implement that vision.

July 15, 2020 - James Brasuell

Richmond 300 Cap Park Plan

Richmond 300 Plan Update Includes New Cap Park, Form-Based Code

Richmond, Virginia is hoping to make some big changes in time for its tricentennial in 2037, including a new cap park and a new form-based code.

July 7, 2020 - Richmond BizSense

Cleveland Warehouse District

Zoning Code Update Makes the Nightly News in Cleveland

The potential of form-based codes to re-legalize the historic fabric of Cleveland is explained for the nightly news audience.

February 20, 2020 - News 5 Cleveland

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