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Creating An Effective Hybrid Zoning Code

Learn how to create a zoning code/Form-Based Code that has form-based and use-based standards side by side, thus creating an effective hybrid code and not a compromised hybrid Form-Based Code. This session presented by Daniel Parolek, Principal of Opticos Design and co-author of “Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers,” gives lessons learned from their most recent citywide and countywide FBC experiences in Livermore and Kingsburg, CA, Flagstaff and Mesa, AZ, Beaufort County, SC, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

This session addresses the following topics: the process for deciding where FBCs should apply and where to leave the use-based zoning; how to structure the table of contents to ensure that walkable urban development (as regulated by the form-based code) is the default or is as much of a default as drivable suburban development; tips for assessing your existing code; how to integrate the charrette process into the code update; different ways to utilize the urban to rural transect without compromising it; how use tables within transect/form-based zones need to be different than use-based zones; the role of subdivision standards, and ways to address variances/warrants.