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Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together

Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together

Moreover, it’s not just about what is between the curbs. It’s about placement of buildings and parking lots and street trees. It’s about the codes that determine how streets are designed and buildings interact with the public space. It’s about street networks and size of blocks and how it all fits together. It’s about creating a place.

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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

Strategies for Project Review Under a Form-Based Code

Implementing a form-based code (FBC) is not just a matter of desired form, but also a community’s expectations about the role of government officials, public input into development, and the necessity of architectural design and site plan review. The decision also requires an understanding of what might go wrong, and how unintended consequences and necessary deviations from the code will be addressed.

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Visualizing Better Rules

Visualizing Better Rules

Form-based codes can transform the development of public spaces. Watch this video to see transformations taking place one step at a time.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Form-Based Codes

A Step-by-Step Guide to Form-Based Codes

FBCI was very pleased to discover Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, recently published by the Chicago regional planning agency, CMAP. In fact, we like this little booklet so much that we’ve put our imprimatur on it showing our endorsement. This well-illustrated CMAP handbook explains what form-based codes are, that their purpose is to make places. In clear and concise language,  […]

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Cincinnati Neighborhood Adopts Form-Based Code

Cincinnati Neighborhood Adopts Form-Based Code

How to make a big city Form-Based Code? An important effort is underway in Cincinnati, where the city’s new code was adopted in May. Although citywide, the code depends on neighborhoods to take charge of their own development. It is intended to apply to 42 neighborhoods throughout the city, making it one of the largest […]

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FBCI News

Cincinnati Form Based Codes takes CNU’s Grand Prize

Cincinnati Form Based Codes takes CNU’s Grand Prize

The Form Based Codes Institute is pleased to congratulate the City of Cincinnati for its Grand Prize Award at the Congress for New Urbanism’s Charter Awards  for the creation of a CityWide Form Based Codes.  Cincinnati is the first to receive this award under the newly created category Best Planning Tool or Process.  Opticos Design, […]

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Greetings from FBCI’s New Executive Director

Greetings from FBCI’s New Executive Director

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to followers of FBCI’s blog, having the honor of becoming the Form-Based Codes Institute’s first full-time Executive Director on February 1, 2014. I have embarked on a journey of listening and learning to better understand what FBCI has been and can become in the future.

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Joel Russell Takes Lead of FBCI

Joel Russell Takes Lead of FBCI

FBCI is pleased to announce that Joel Russell took leadership of the organization as Executive Director on February 1. Joel will strive to expand FBCI’s programs and its influence on the planning scene today. His professional practice goes back to the beginning of the New Urbanism movement and the emergence of form-based coding.

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RFPs

Orange County FL Land Development Code

Orange County FL Land Development Code

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Orange County, Florida, invites interested parties to submit proposals for the development of an Orange County sustainable land development code.

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Chattanooga TN Downtown Area

Chattanooga TN Downtown Area

The City of Chattanooga desires a form-based code for the downtown area that will serve as the template for other existing or emerging urban centers throughout the community.

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RFP: Winooski, VT

RFP: Winooski, VT

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, on behalf of the City of Winooski, Vermont, is requesting proposals for consultant services to assist with the development of form-based codes.

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