Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Library of Codes

FBCI gathers the best examples of form-based codes from communities across the United States and abroad. The codes represent a variety of community types and applications of form-based standards. Click on the Show Search Options button to search the library by phrase, location, Driehaus Award recipients, and the categories described below.

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Jefferson County SmartCode Floating Overlay District

This regulatory county-wide smart code directs and guides future growth in sectors of Jefferson County by setting standards and regulations for new and infill community-scale and building-scale plans. On community-scale plans the code…more

Lee County Compact Communities Code

Lee County **Driehaus Award Recipient**

The code is a unique and ground-breaking type of regional form-based code that offers administrative approval of new villages at specified sites, while also functioning as a zoning overlay that can be applied…more

Sarasota County Mixed-Use Infill Code

Sarasota Plan

The Sarasota County comprehensive plan had long called for redevelopment of vacant/underutilized parcels to create mixed-use neighborhoods, but the implementing codes were rigid and deemed unworkable by developers. An overhauled floating-zone code was…more

Code Documents

St. Lucie County: Towns, Villages and Countryside

St. Lucie County Courthouse **Driehaus Award Recipient**

Growth pressure on a 28-square-mile agricultural area near Fort Pierce resulted in the county’s “Towns, Villages and Countryside” plan in 2004. The plan calls for existing development rights to be concentrated in new…more

Code Documents

Saticoy Wells Community Plan and Code

Saticoy Wells

The Saticoy Wells Community is located at the eastern edge of Ventura, surrounded by farms and hills. Over the past 50 years, the area has largely developed in a suburban pattern. The intent…more