Form-based codes and guidelines

FBC Transect

FBC Transect

The zones in form-based codes are displayed across the Transect. Reproduced with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Daniel G. Parolek, et al, Form-based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers, 2008.

Conventional vs. Form-Based Codes

Conventional vs. Form-Based Codes

Reproduced with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Daniel G. Parolek, et al, Form-based Codes, 2008



These are street dimensions from the recently published SmartCode, copyright Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, which includes a concise, comprehensive description of street types favored by new urbanists. Street sections in the SmartCode are geared to the Transect context zones. T1 is the most rural zone, while T6 is the most urban.

Driehaus Form-Based Code Awards announced for 2010

The awards have been granted for the Denver Commons, the Heart of Peoria, and Miami 21 codes, each outstanding for different reasons.

Form-based codes reach critical mass

A wave of enthusiasm for new urbanist codes has spread from the Southeast to other regions, especially the West.

What should a code call for?

Although form-based codes (FBCs) are proliferating, practitioners disagree on precisely how a code should go about pursuing its goals.

Survey: Combine new code with activities and investment

A recent survey of US communities finds that Form-based codes started to take off noticeably in 2007, and the surge of adoptions continues today.

Riding into form-based territory

Capital MetroRail, the first modern passenger rail system in central Texas, began carrying commuters on 32 miles of track between downtown Austin and the northwest suburb of Leander March 22.

The City of Pasadena California approved design guidelines for housing and mixed-use buildings

The City of Pasadena, California, approved design guidelines for housing and mixed use buildings throughout much of the city in October. Created by Moule & Polyzoides of Pasadena, Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial & Multi-Family Districts is one of the most thorough and useful municipal design documents New Urban News has come across. The specifics relate to Pasadena, but the principles apply everywhere.

SmartCodes adopted

The transect-based, form-based Miami 21 zoning ordinance was adopted by the Miami City Commission on a 4-1 vote October 22 (see reports in the September and October-November issues of New Urban News). It will take effect in February. Miami is the second municipality (after Pass Christian, Mississippi) to adopt a calibrated SmartCode over its full jurisdiction, and the first major city to do so. The lead consultant was Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company.

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