Downtown

Fort Myers Beach Land Development Code

City or County: 
Fort Myers Beach
State: 
FL

After incorporation, the Town of Fort Myers Beach FL needed to completely revise its land development code to implement a new comprehensive plan. The new plan revolved around a community design element that described how physical pieces of the town (open spaces, buildings, streets, and paths) work together to create a distinct local character amidst a tourism economy. The new code, adopted in 2003, uses a combination of conventional zoning districts for its stable neighborhoods plus form-based zoning districts for its redevelopment areas.

Miami 21

City or County: 
Miami
State: 
FL

**Driehaus Award Winner**

The City of Miami’s Form-Based Code is a national groundbreaking model because city officials completely replaced the existing zoning code. The code sets up walkable urbanism as the citywide default pattern for development and redevelopment. Miami 21 is the most sophisticated application of the SmartCode to date. The entire document is very well thought out and written. The table of contents and structure are very clear.

Leander TOD Code

City or County: 
Leander
State: 
TX

**Driehaus Award Winner**

Leander's code shows the initiative of a municipality preparing for the development expected to result from planned transportation improvements. The city's current population of 17,000 is anticipated to exceed 200,000, as Leander is linked to Austin by tollway and regional commuter rail. This mandatory code is an effective customization of the SmartCode template, addressing complicated issues of Texas planning law, as well as architectural standards intended to characterize the growing community.

Station Area Form-Based Code

City or County: 
Farmers Branch
State: 
TX

**Driehaus Award Winner**

The Station Area is located within a struggling commercial district adjacent to interstate highway interchange. Farmers Branch initiated a master plan effort to prepare for anticipated redevelopment of the district in conjunction with extension of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail line to the city. The master plan calls for creation of strong development regulations that are consistent with the community's vision.

The Denver Commons

City or County: 
Denver
State: 
CO

**Driehaus Award Winner**  

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.

Downtown Specific Plan

City or County: 
Ventura
State: 
CA

Ventura wanted to reduce barriers and develop incentives to encourage redevelopment in the downtown area. The Specific Plan offers clear rules, certainty of process, and high-quality design that encourages walkable urbanism. In California, the Specific Plan allows for all policies, codes, and infrastructure improvements to be coordinated within one document.