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5 Questions for Joel Russell (about…form-based codes)!

5 Questions for Joel Russell (about…form-based codes)!

Zoning defined by the shape and relation of buildings creates better communities for people of all ages.

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The Frontier of Form-Based Codes

The Frontier of Form-Based Codes

Form-based codes are being tested further up the scale as key tools in regional planning.

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Misconceptions About Form-Based Codes

Misconceptions About Form-Based Codes

If zoning reform is increasingly gaining acceptance, why are there still so many misconceptions?

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Finding the right path through design review

Finding the right path through design review

Municipalities—searching for ways to better shape development — must tailor their approach to the community’s size and professional resources.

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Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together

Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together

It’s about placement of buildings and parking lots and street trees.

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Dialing-in your zoning to fit your community

Dialing-in your zoning to fit your community

Unlike conventional zoning, FBCs may be finely tuned for each community, according to its unique physical structure.

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Strategies for project review under a form-based code

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Market-responsive form-based codes

Market-responsive form-based codes

Form-based codes voluntarily adopted by developers show how this kind of land-use regulation can offer high market adaptability while assuring a better public realm.

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Assessing criticisms of form-based codes

Assessing criticisms of form-based codes

By their very nature FBCs faces many hurdles. Over the last century, we have separated zoning standards from physical planning, leaving out place-making. FBCs are now trying to make up for this all at once. The planner’s concern is we don’t have the capability to do it in-house and the money for consultants has dried up. We have to overcome the legacy of the planning system we have inherited and undergo a generational shift.

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Ways to fail at form-based codes: Don’t articulate a vision

Ways to fail at form-based codes: Don’t articulate a vision

All of the goals in the Community Vision assume the principle of Connectivity: a fine network of thoroughfares should knit together the community. The goals also all draw upon the principle of sustainability: places must be ecologically, fiscally, and socially sustainable.

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