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The Denver Commons Code

The City of Denver’s Riverfront Commons Form-Based Code is a national model for a groundbreaking early form-based code with excellent built results. The visioning and intent statement were so fine they made a convincing case for public and private support of the code. Area by area, the intent was clearly outlined. The public realm requirements in the code were provided in great detail. A distinction was made between these required standards and additional guidelines on each subject. This code could be emulated at any scale. While this code was adopted as a PUD using “design guidelines” language, its essential elements could be replicated today as a form-based zoning district.

 

Code Documents:

https://formbasedcodes.org/content/uploads/2014/02/denver-commons-images.pdf

https://formbasedcodes.org/content/uploads/2014/02/denver-commons-design-standards.pdf