Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Lee County Compact Communities Code

Lee County

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 to infill sites at the initiative of individual landowners. It includes an explicit TDR (Transferable Development Right) mechanism, to concentrate development and protect agricultural land – in contrast to the large-lot single family zoning in adjacent areas. The code plants “seeds” to help redeem and restructure the extreme sprawl to the immediate north which characterizes current development in the eastern part of Lee County. The major place-making determinants of lot, block, building and street standards are provided for administrative approval, while developers may also create new plans and request certification following the conceptual plan requirements. The code illustrates a range of possible outcomes following from its regulations.


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Year: 2011