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FBC 201: Placemaking with Form-Based Codes – Punta Gorda, FL March 4-5

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FBC 201: Placemaking with Form-Based Codes

Monday, March 4th & Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center 
75 Taylor Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Approval pending for 16 AICP CM

This two-day course provides an in-depth understanding of how to guide good urban form through a regulatory framework. Participants learn to create form-based codes by drawing upon an area’s best urban elements to conceptualize the elements that shape public space and community character. Instructors delve into the basics of urban form, combining lecture and case studies with “hands-on” participatory exercises in the essential tasks of coding.

The course uses presentations and interactive discussions to enhance participants’ knowledge of urban design at the scale of the building and building types, the street and street types, the block and the neighborhood. Participants work together to apply theory and practice as they create a vision and regulatory elements of plan for an illustrative area.  Instructors and panelists discuss unexpected design challenges, and explore design possibilities for greenfield sites, redevelopment areas, already built-out communities and regional plans.

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PG Waterfront Hotel & Suites
300 W Retta Esplande
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Wyvern Hotel
101 E Rette Esplande
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Springhill Suites
101 Harborside Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950


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                        Light Breakfast and Registration

8:30-9:15 AM                         Welcome / Course Highlights / Introductory Discussion

Topics covered:  An introduction to the Form-Based Codes Institute. Understanding the role of the regulatory framework in determining urban form; how form-based coding creates compact, walkable urban communities. Why form matters. Participants’ objectives and desired takeaways. Coding issues in your community.

9:15-10:15 AM                        Urban Form Basics: Streets

Topics covered: How to create a planning framework for place-making. The network, context, street types, and elements of the street cross-section. Overcoming barriers to healthy streets. Resources for creating great streets.

10:15-10:30 AM                     Break

10:30-11:30 AM                     Urban Form Basics: The Urban Neighborhood

Topics covered: The role of the physical neighborhood in healthy communities. The basic building block of towns and cities: neighborhood center, interior and edge; mix of uses and the hierarchy, function and location for types of streets needed.

11:30 AM-12:15 PM               Urban Form Basics: Private Building Principles and

                                                     Building Types
Topics covered: The role of buildings to form and protect private open spaces and frame public space; the palette of building types that make up a city.

12:15-1:00 PM                         Lunch on Your Own / Informal Discussion with


1:00-1:30 PM                          Urban Form Basics: The Urban Block

Topics covered: How urban blocks define the physical structure of the places we inhabit.

1:30-2:15 PM                           Small-Scale Urban Design Examples: Streets, Blocks, &                                  Building Scale
Topics covered: Illustrating the urban form basics of private building principles, building types, street space configuration and street trees.

2:15-3:00 PM                          Large-Scale Urban Design Examples: Neighborhoods 

                                                     Comprising a City

Topics covered: Examples of how neighborhood centers, interiors and edges may be knit together successfully to create a city.

3:00-3:15 PM                          Break

3:15-5:15 PM                           Exercise One: Creating a Vision and Illustrative Plan

Topics covered: This is the first of a two-part exercise that explores the fundamental process of form-based coding. Instructions will work with class participants translate a community vision into form-based regulations. Class participants will learn how to create a vision and extract the necessary information to decide what to regulate and the degree of change needed to achieve the outcomes embodied in the community vision.

In this exercise, participants will create a Vision/Illustrative Plan for a set of urban blocks. The resulting plan will be the basis for Exercise Two, which will create a regulatory framework that will achieve the vision.

5:15-5:45 PM                           Questions and Answers

5:45 PM                                     End of Day One



8:00-8:30 AM                         Light Breakfast

8:30-9:30 AM                         Exercise One Instructor Comments

9:30-10:30 AM                       FBCs : Creativity and Constraints

Topics covered: What a code controls and doesn’t control, creativity in the “street wall,” and how it depends on the code you write — an FBC is not a design guideline. FBCs and an architect’s license for creativity, when push comes to shove.

10:30-10:45 AM                     Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM          Local Perspective on Form-Based Coding

Panelists:  TBD

Topics covered: Form-based codes have gained positive momentum in Florida as a legitimate alternative to Euclidean zoning. Regional examples of existing codes will be shared and discussed. 

12:00-12:45 PM                      Lunch on Your Own / Informal Discussion with     


12:45-1:45 PM                         Regulating: Theory and Practice

Topics Covered:  How the neighborhoods and their subcomponents (streets, buildings and blocks) are assembled to create a coding map, today and in the future.

1:45-3:30 PM                           Exercise Two: Create / Choose Regulations

Topics covered: Synthesizing and coding the fundamental elements that form the character of the streets.  This will include a discussion of street space and building form and function in three dimensions.

3:30-3:45 PM                          Break

3:45-4:15 PM                           Exercise Two Instructor Comments

4:15-5:00 PM                           Roundtable Discussion

Topics covered:  Broad theme of sustainability (environmental and economic). How form-based codes are used to promote walkable, mixed-use urbanism. Sea-level rise. Energy policy, tactical urbanism and return on investment for local governments. Local questions and concerns. “Parking lot” issues from throughout the course. Looking ahead to FBC 301.

5:00 PM                                    End of Course


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

 Instructors TBD

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

Registration Fees

Public Sector: $525
Private Sector: $575

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