Have you always wanted to better understand form-based codes and how they impact the wellbeing of communities? Form-Based Codes 101, a new series of courses from Planetizen and the Form-Based Codes Institute, provides a great place to start. In the series, Opticos Founder and Principal Dan Parolek and Director of Form-Based Coding Tony Perez join leaders from other firms to share their insights into form-based codes, from the role of downtown areas to the legal aspects of preparing a code. Form-based codes respond to the physical form of a community and the land it stands on, providing more responsive structures for development than traditional zoning regulations.
The Beaufort County CDC, which incorporates new zoning regulations for both walkable urban and driveable suburban areas, was recognized last week with the Form Base Code Institute's Driehaus Award, and the Congress or New Urbanism's Charter Award of Merit. Both awards were presented last week at CNU's 23rd annual congress in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Gateway Planning supported Bastrop in taking the next step to ensure that Downtown continues as the heart of the rapidly growing city in the greater Austin Region. The Bastrop City Council voted unanimously to adopt a redevelopment plan and implementing form-based code for the greater downtown area following a unanimous recommendation from Planning and Zoning commission and various other boards and commissions. The new code will implement the community-crafted vision to protect historic buildings and encourage new development that reflects the character desired by residents and business owners.