Form-based codes and guidelines

Myths and Realities: Form-Based Codes for Architects with Bob Gibbs and Geoff Ferrell

Form-Based Codes for Architects is an intensive one-and-one-half-day class starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 6,  at 6:00 p.m., in which architects learn how to work with a FBC. Stay through Sunday and study on the ground the country’s first and best model of new urbanism. The course provides an overview of the principal logic of a form-based code, from its necessary foundation in a place-based community vision to its regulatory emphasis on the public realm. Instructors Bob Gibbs and Geoff Ferrell will combine lecture and classroom discussion with a walking class on retail design and function in the Main Street of nearby Rosemary Beach.  Participants also examine common misconceptions about form-based codes and the legal basis for form-based codes. The workshop will take place in the Seaside Assembly Hall, second floor, which is located at 168 Smolian Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Doing away with the zoned out nature of our cities

In most of the US and Canada, walkability is categorically zoned out. Most of our historic neighbourhoods are “legal, non-conforming” making new neighbourhoods out of character with historic stock, as well as out of line with market demands for walkable places.

Form-based coding: Are we there yet?

Sonia Hirt's Zoned in the USA (2015) is one of the more important books on land-use regulations to be published in years and it includes incisive observations on form-based codes. 

The problems of success in the new urban era

Cities face challenges associated with rising values, an influx of more educated residents, and gentrification. Here's what cities can do.

Opticos' Parolek and Perez to instruct Form-Based Codes 101

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.

Form-based codes offer predictability

Boulder, Colorado, officials have a choice: Horse trading or transparent design?

Beaufort County FBC Gets the Nod from Driehaus, CNU Charter Awards

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.

Form-based codes: What's the deal?

The community gets walkable neighborhoods with affordable housing—developers get a streamlined approval process.

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