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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Leander TOD Code

Leander Station **Driehaus Award Recipient**

Leander’s code shows the initiative of a municipality preparing for the development expected to result from planned transportation improvements. The city’s current population of 17,000 is anticipated to exceed 200,000, as Leander is…more

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

Miami 21

Miami Seal **Driehaus Award Recipient**

The City of Miami’s Form-Based Code is a national groundbreaking model because city officials completely replaced the existing zoning code. The code sets up walkable urbanism as the citywide default pattern for development…more

Narberth Borough Form-Based Zoning Code

Narberth Borough, located in the heart of the Philadelphia “Main Line” was developed in the early 20th Century as worker housing within easy walking distance to a station stop on the Main Line…more

Central Petaluma SmartCode


Through a community driven process, the city developed a clear vision for the future of Central Petaluma. The vision included pedestrian-oriented streets, public plazas and squares, a riverwalk, and mixed-use buildings, but at…more

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