Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Driehaus Award goes to Beaufort County CDC

Jurors of the 2015 Driehaus Award recognized the outstanding quality of the Beaufort County Community Development Code. The award was presented at the 23rd annual gathering of the Congress for the New Urbanism in Dallas. The jury was impressed with how the code frames a county-wide range of place types, rural to urban, into a format that is easy to understand, nicely illustrated, and with rules appropriate for those places. They also appreciated the code’s strategy for transitioning the prior zoning rules, and that it accommodates small and large development by integrating subdivision standards. The code also offers excellent guidance for the design of future buildings through its documentation of existing structures, building type standards, and architectural standards. The coordinated re-zoning of two municipalities within the county was seen as an excellent strategy that serves as an example for counties and regional intergovernmental agencies.

An honorable mention went to the City of Rowlett, Texas Form-Based Code, which has catalyzed a number of projects under a cohesive vision among multiple neighborhoods and areas of that city.

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