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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Akanda SmartCode

**Driehaus Award Recipient**

This code offers an exceptional example of a simplified SmartCode for a master planned community, particularly in developing countries. It is visually appealing, accessible and user-friendly, with clear and concise options for each…more

New Rochelle Downtown Overlay Zone

The City of New Rochelle has two identities. One as a low-density, commuter suburb, and another as a small city, both in the metropolitan New York region. As with most urban areas in…more

Raleigh Unified Development Ordinance

The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) was initiated in 2010 in response to several factors. First, the City of Raleigh adopted a new Comprehensive Plan in 2009 that sought to focus development in mixed-use…more

Soledad Downtown Specific Plan

Soledad **Driehaus Honorable Mention**

The Soledad Downtown Specific Plan (Plan) provides direction for the City’s historic downtown and adjacent residential areas. It is intended to guide initiatives that capitalize on the City’s unique assets with the overarching…more

Coffee Creek Industrial District Form-Based Code

Located in northwest quadrant of Wilsonville near the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, the 225-acre Coffee Creek Industrial Area was brought into the greater Portland metro urban growth boundary in 2002, and designated as…more

Wyandanch Straight Path Corridor Code

Town of Babylon Seal **Driehaus Award Recipient**

The Town of Babylon Downtown Wyandanch and Straight Path Corridor Form-Based Code is designed to spur the revitalization of an economically distressed area. The Code is intended to transform the existing 142-acre suburban…more

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