Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Tyler Quinn-Smith

Tyler Quinn-Smith
Webinar recap: Parking reform for 21st century communities

Webinar recap: Parking reform for 21st century communities

“Parking reform for 21st century communities: getting more out of public space,” was a joint webinar between the Form-Based Codes Institute and the State Smart Transportation Initiative. Speakers discussed the steps taken to rethink parking policies and prioritize people in public spaces in Hartford, CT and Atlanta, GA. A recording of the webinar is now available. […]

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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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(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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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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Downtown Las Vegas: “The legend reinvented”

Downtown Las Vegas: “The legend reinvented”

After two years of robust education and community engagement, the City of Las Vegas is ready to implement their downtown master plan, using a new a form-based zoning code. The city credits our Form-Based Codes Institute’s comprehensive three-course curriculum for helping to achieve this first-of-a-kind achievement in Nevada, which city officials believe will lead to […]

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Better together: zoning (reform) and smart growth

Better together: zoning (reform) and smart growth

Smart Growth America (SGA) continually pursues new angles to broaden its ability to create strong communities. By adding the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) to its growing arsenal of programs, SGA is now bringing more comprehensive assistance to communities by addressing the regulatory framework that often limits smart growth—the zoning code. Whether your community is attempting […]

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