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Library of Codes

FBCI gathers the best examples of form-based codes from communities across the United States and abroad. The codes represent a variety of community types and applications of form-based standards. Click on the Show Search Options button to search the library by phrase, location, Driehaus Award recipients, and the categories described below.

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Azusa Development Code

The code is mandatory and separates the City into 17 planning areas of distinct character. Within planning areas, there are three types of regulatory areas, Neighborhoods, Districts and Corridors that correspond to distinctive…more

Code Documents

Benicia Downtown Mixed Use Master Plan

Benicia **Driehaus Award Recipient**

Completed as part of the downtown master plan project, the form-based code implements the community’s vision and intent for the area. The regulations detail four zoning districts organized by building form, in addition…more

Central Hercules Regulating Code

Hercules

Located on San Pablo Bay 16 miles east of San Francisco, Hercules began as a company town for the Hercules Powder Company. Once a thriving industrial town, Hercules had begun to struggle with…more

Code Documents

City of Livermore Development Code

Livermore **Driehaus Award Recipient**

The City of Livermore Development Code provides a valuable model for a medium-sized town with existing walkable and sprawl neighborhoods. The code is focused on providing a complete form-based regulation for higher density…more

University Neighborhood Specific Plan

**Driehaus Award Recipient**

This Code offers an excellent example for regulating large-scale infill development to produce a walkable place.  It offers a “kit of parts” for creating the fundamental urban form – addressing both the public…more

Central Petaluma SmartCode

Petaluma

Through a community driven process, the city developed a clear vision for the future of Central Petaluma. The vision included pedestrian-oriented streets, public plazas and squares, a riverwalk, and mixed-use buildings, but at…more

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