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Downtown Las Vegas: “The legend reinvented”

Downtown Las Vegas: “The legend reinvented”

After two years of robust education and community engagement, the City of Las Vegas is ready to implement their downtown master plan, using a new a form-based zoning code. The city credits our Form-Based Codes Institute’s comprehensive three-course curriculum for helping to achieve this first-of-a-kind achievement in Nevada, which city officials believe will lead to […]

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Have we zoned great, walkable places out of existence?

Have we zoned great, walkable places out of existence?

Zoning codes are the unseen, yet decisive guiding force that can either help or hinder the creation of great, walkable, people-scaled places. This primer gives you the basics on form-based codes: what they are, where they work, and how they can help create and sustain great places. Take a look at just about any city […]

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Better together: zoning (reform) and smart growth

Better together: zoning (reform) and smart growth

Smart Growth America (SGA) continually pursues new angles to broaden its ability to create strong communities. By adding the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) to its growing arsenal of programs, SGA is now bringing more comprehensive assistance to communities by addressing the regulatory framework that often limits smart growth—the zoning code. Whether your community is attempting […]

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FBCI announces 2018 winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Form-Based Code Award

FBCI announces 2018 winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Form-Based Code Award

Honoring achievement in the writing and implementation of form-based codes The Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) at Smart Growth America is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual award for achievement in the writing and implementation of form-based zoning codes: the Akanda SmartCode for the Akanda Commune in Gabon, Africa and the Beaufort Code, for the City […]

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Form-Based Codes at CNU26

Form-Based Codes at CNU26

If you are going to CNU26 in Savannah, GA later this month, you will have several opportunities to hear some of the Form-Based Codes Institute’s top leaders share their knowledge and experiences with form-based codes. Below are brief descriptions of the sessions where you will be able to learn about the state of the art […]

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Experts Discuss Zoning Reform to Create Vibrant, Walkable, Mixed-Use Communities

Experts Discuss Zoning Reform to Create Vibrant, Walkable, Mixed-Use Communities

How do you create an attractive, accessible, diverse community—a neighborhood that is recognized and celebrated as a great place to live, work and play? Conventional land-use regulations focus on separation of land uses, which results in isolation, suburban sprawl, income- and ethnicity-based segregation and a dearth of attractive public spaces. Car-oriented planning has robbed many […]

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FBCI Holds Symposium to Explore “Urban Form as a Framework for Healthy Communities ”

FBCI Holds Symposium to Explore “Urban Form as a Framework for Healthy Communities ”

“I have two doctors: my left foot and my right foot.” — G. M. Trevelyan Medical breakthroughs such as new vaccines, therapeutic drugs, surgical procedures and early detection screenings have improved treatment of many illness and injuries. But less attention has been paid to finding ways to prevent the development of avoidable health problems and […]

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New FBC a Big Win for Winooski

New FBC a Big Win for Winooski

Winooski, a small city in northwestern Vermont that sits at the mouth of the Winooski River, tends to be overshadowed by its far larger and more populous neighbors, Burlington, South Burlington and Colchester. However, the positive effects of the form-based code (FBC) Winooski began implementing in 2015, is helping it to become one of the […]

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From Desert to Oasis: Transformative FBC Will Help Turn a “Big Blank Piece of Sand” Into a Diverse, Attractive Community

From Desert to Oasis: Transformative FBC Will Help Turn a “Big Blank Piece of Sand” Into a Diverse, Attractive Community

At the Congress for the New Urbanism’s (CNU) Charter Awards Ceremony in Seattle on May 5, the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) announced that Palm Desert, Calif., and Nashville, Tenn., had received the 2017 Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award for their implementation of innovative and effective codes. The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award is sponsored by FBCI with […]

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City of Marquette Modern Land Development Code

City of Marquette Modern Land Development Code

The City of Marquette (City) requests the submission of proposals from land use planning consulting firms to prepare a major update to our land use ordinances (Zoning, Sign, Fence, and Subdivision), with the goal of combining them into one Modern Land Development Code document. Firms replying should have demonstrated ability in land use ordinance revisions […]

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