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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Lafayette Downtown Code

Graphic illustration in Lafayette downtown form-based code **Driehaus Award Recipient**

The Downtown Code for Lafayette, LA was adopted within one year of the city’s Downtown Action Plan to stimulate development that would “enhance the convenience, vibrancy, and charm of outdoor rooms inherent to urban…more

City of Livermore Development Code

Livermore **Driehaus Award Recipient**

The City of Livermore Development Code provides a valuable model for a medium-sized town with existing walkable and sprawl neighborhoods. The code is focused on providing a complete form-based regulation for higher density…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

Thompson’s Station Land Development Ordinance

**Driehaus Honorable Mention**

The Code is a well prepared unified development ordinance that integrates new walkable urban districts within the existing pattern of use-based suburban standards. Innovations include by-right development for traditional neighborhood design, the parking…more