Form-Based Zoning

Close-up of green street sign at Heights Blvd and 8th Street in Houston, Texas with "Historic District" and star logo

Proposed ‘Conservation Districts’ Could Change Preservation in Houston

The proposed model could be a new tool for preserving historic neighborhoods with more flexibility and with a focus on reducing displacement and addressing community concerns.

January 8, 2023 - Urban Edge

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

Forest Park Southeast

A Form-Based Code Arrives in St. Louis

The Forest Park Southeast neighborhood in St. Louis has completed a years-long planning process—the result is a new form-based code.

November 8, 2017 - nextSTL

Model of Downtown LA

A Primer on Types of Zoning Codes

Los Angeles' City Planning Department offers a layman's introduction to the many forms of zoning codes, from Euclidean to Performance to Incentive.

January 24, 2014 - Los Angeles Department of City Planning

Hoover's Legacy: Bad Zoning Codes

As Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover championed the Standard Zoning Enabling Act. Rick Cole argues it is time to leave Hoover's legacy behind.

January 16, 2009 - Citiwire.net

Zoning Out Bikini Car Washes

San Antonio's city council attempts to make it harder for bikini carwashes to attract oglers by forcing them to accept a new zoning category.

December 6, 2008 - San Antonio Express News

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