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FBC 101: The ABCs of Form-Based Codes Treasure Coast, Florida January 14th



FBC 101: The ABCs of Form-Based Codes

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Jupiter Community Center 
Meeting Room A/B
200 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458

Approval pending for 8 AICP CM

FBC101 is an intensive one-day class, in which participants learn how form-based codes are essentially different from conventional land use regulation and how they have evolved to solve many of the problems created by conventional zoning. The course provides an overview of the process of creating a form-based code, moving from an initial place-based community vision to an adopted code and beyond. Instructors combine lecture and classroom discussion with a hands-on exercise in observing community built form and shaping public space. Participants also learn about common misconceptions about form-based codes and the legal basis for form-based codes. This class is prerequisite for FBC 201 (urban design) and FBC 301 (code implementation). Participants who attend all three courses receive a certificate of completion from FBCI.

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Comfort Inn & Suites

6752 W Indiantown Road

Jupiter FL



Fairfield Inn & Suites

6748 W, FL-706 (Indiantown Road)

Jupiter, FL



The following preliminary agenda is subject to change.

A final agenda will be ready one week before the start of the class.

8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions

9:00 – 10:00 AM Form-Based Code Principles and Components: A Tool for Shaping Community Form and Character and Smarter Growth

The session provides an overview of the base principles of Urban Form, diverse project types, and code approaches. Topics covered: The need for zoning reform; form-based codes as the new paradigm for development regulation that puts form first and relegates use to secondary status.

10:00 – 10:45 AM Preparing a Form-Based Code

This session will explore the process of developing a shared community vision and translating it into an enforceable code. Topics covered: identifying problems with existing regulations; determining what kind of code the jurisdiction wants; establishing the structure of the code; developing/ reviewing the FBC components; and creating a public engagement process. Case studies will be presented.

10:45 – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Legal Aspects of Form-Based Code

How form-based codes can streamline the permitting process and make development approvals more predictable and efficient, consistent with state law. Topics covered: The basis for form-based coding in statutory and case law; how legal issues in form-based coding vary from or are similar to legal issues in conventional zoning; and how form-based codes can minimize litigation.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Common Misconceptions about Form-Based Codes

The session will address common objections to form-based coding, many of which are based upon misunderstandings about this 30-year-old zoning technique. Topics covered: common misconceptions and how to address them for greater effectiveness; extent of flexibility in form-based codes; how they regulate the public realm; the degree to which they regulate design; their legal basis in a comprehensive plan or vision plan; and how FBCs differ from conventional zoning.

12:30 – 1:15 PM Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 PM Developing Under a Form-Based Code

The developer is an integral part of the form-based coding process. The session will explore the developer’s role and contribution to the public/private partnership that makes FBCs successful.

1:45 – 3:30 PM Documentation and Analysis Exercise

In this exercise, participants will observe, document and discuss different contexts and levels of urbanism; how elements such as streets, frontages, setbacks and building forms become the foundation of a legally enforceable form-based code; and how to translate desired images into legally enforceable zoning codes and regulations of the public realm. Be ready to draw, understanding the details of built places and how they relate back to code content.

3:30 – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 – 4:30 PM Getting Ready for a Form-Based Code

Form-based codes are a new concept for many communities so often local planners need to build understanding and support before drafting and adopting a new code. In this session, the instructors will speak from their own experience across the country about steps local planners have taken to prepare citizens, political leaders and their own staff for the transition to an FBC. Topics to be addressed include: creating a community vision, getting political leaders on board, citizen education and support, asking consultants the right questions, and where to look for help.

4:30 – 5:00 PM Lessons Learned and Q&A

5:00 PM Adjourn


FBCI draws upon national experts, including urban designers and planners with broad experience in all aspects of form-based coding.

Nancy Stroud
Nancy Stroud, Esq, FAICP, is a planning and development lawyer in Florida primarily representing local governments in efforts to create walkable and vibrant communities. She is a recognized expert in the preparation and implementation of form based codes. She was the legal consultant in the award-winning team that created the Miami21 form based code, winner of the 2010 Dreihaus Form-based Codes Award (Paul Crawford Distinction for a Ground Breaking Code), and the 2011 American Planning Association National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice. Nancy writes and lectures on planning law issues, and is co-author of a leading law school treatise Planning and Control of Land Development. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a law degree and master of regional planning, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows.
Bill Spikowski
Bill Spikowski, FAICP, is a veteran advisor to local governments and a pioneer in the development of form-based codes. He’s prepared community plans, redevelopment plans, and codes for cities and counties that aren’t willing to settle for today’s sprawling development patterns. He’s become an expert in using form-based codes to translate bold visions of the future into an integral part of local regulations. Bill is a frequent lecturer on innovative planning and coding techniques and was a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. He is a regular instructor at FBCI workshops across the country. Prior to forming his consulting firm in 1992, Bill served as growth management director for Lee County, Florida. He has also served on the Fort Myers Planning Board and was a co-founder of the Calusa Land Trust & Nature Preserve.

To see all FBCI instructors, please visit our website, www.formbasedcodes.org

Registration Fees

TCRPC Members: $125*

Public Sector: $275

Private Sector: $325

*Discount available for TCRPC members. Please insert discount code at check out.

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