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New zoning makes New Rochelle’s vision a reality

New zoning makes New Rochelle’s vision a reality

Rendering of New Rochelle’s Division Street under the downtown’s form-based code. (Image: Ideally New Rochelle, used with permission) New Rochelle, New York struggled for years to stimulate catalytic development in it’s downtown. Now, this New York City suburb is emerging as a walkable, transit-oriented hub for residents to live, work, and play. A form-based code […]

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Webinar recap: Zoning for the maker economy

Webinar recap: Zoning for the maker economy

COHAB Space brings together artisans to live, grow, create, showcase, and sell their products in High Point, NC. (Image: COHAB Space) This past July, we hosted “Form-Based Codes and Small-Scale Manufacturing,” a joint webinar between Smart Growth America’s Economic Development team and the Form-Based Codes Institute. Speakers discussed how different communities are using form-based codes […]

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(Re)coding communities for smart growth

(Re)coding communities for smart growth

There’s a secret weapon available to communities that want to modernize their zoning codes and help make smarter growth the norm. FBCI’s Codes for Communities is a wide-ranging technical assistance program at Smart Growth America that covers all kinds of zoning reform and guidance on form-based codes. In just two years, the program has had tremendous […]

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Announcing winners of 2019 Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award

Announcing winners of 2019 Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award

Today, the Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America honors three communities for stepping up to placemaking with the adoption of some of the most exemplary form-based codes in the country. The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award is awarded by FBCI with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. The Form-Based Codes […]

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Form-based codes: A means to equity in a compassionate city

Form-based codes: A means to equity in a compassionate city

The Columbia Pike form-based code is helping Arlington County, VA preserve or replace an estimated 1,300 affordable housing units that were built with public funds. Centro is a new mixed-use development that will add more housing and include a much needed major grocery store for the corridor. (Image: Credit Arlington County Government) A century of traditional […]

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A decade of lessons on good zoning

A decade of lessons on good zoning

Trinity Boulevard in East Fort Worth is currently a highway but will serve as a town center. Rendering courtesy Gateway Planning. The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award has recognized exemplary form-based codes since 2008. Looking back at all the submissions over the years—more than 100—reveals how the practice of form-based coding has matured and evolved. Driehaus […]

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CNU’s Project for Code Reform: when a new form-based code isn’t in the cards

CNU’s Project for Code Reform: when a new form-based code isn’t in the cards

In September 2018, the Congress for New Urbanism published “The Users Guide to Code Reform” – the product of a two-year effort working with Michigan communities to develop tools that municipalities can use to reform their zoning codes to enable better quality develop. Susan Henderson and Matt Lambert – two of the coding and design […]

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What makes a good form-based code?

What makes a good form-based code?

Rendering of development under the University Neighborhood Specific Plan in Palm Desert, CA, winner of the 2017 Driehaus Award. (Image: Sargent Town Planning) It’s time to pick the nation’s top form-based code. While this type of zoning is catching on, some form-based codes can miss the mark if they deviate from best practices. That’s where […]

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Zoning for equity: raising all boats

Zoning for equity: raising all boats

Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, TX, which was developed under form-based standards. Image: Randy Hutcheson. Conventional land use regulations have contributed to a great divide in our country, producing sprawling places that are marked by a stark separation of both uses and people. But form-based zoning is emerging as a creative tool for cities to […]

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New FBC a Big Win for Winooski

New FBC a Big Win for Winooski

Winooski, a small city in northwestern Vermont that sits at the mouth of the Winooski River, tends to be overshadowed by its far larger and more populous neighbors, Burlington, South Burlington and Colchester. However, the positive effects of the form-based code (FBC) Winooski began implementing in 2015, is helping it to become one of the […]

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