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David Sargent

David Sargent is the founding principal of Sargent Town Planning and has practiced architecture and town planning for 30 years, focusing for the past 20 on the design of pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods, districts and corridors, towns and cities. He has assembled and directed multidisciplinary teams for urban projects ranging in size from neighborhood and district plans to entire towns, and ranging in scale and character from small towns and villages to major metropolitan districts. He has led urban corridor, downtown district and neighborhood development projects in California, Texas and China. David led or collaborated in the preparation of the first form-based codes adopted by California municipalities, including Oxnard (1993), Ventura (1994), Hercules (2000) and Petaluma (2003), and in 2004 was the principal author and editor of the White Paper on Smart Growth in California for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, which proved instrumental in the passage of legislation explicitly enabling cities to adopt form-based codes in lieu of conventional use-based zoning. He is a registered architect in California and a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. David lectures frequently on subjects related to urbanism and form-based codes.