Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Form-Based Codes at CNU26

If you are going to CNU26 in Savannah, GA later this month, you will have several opportunities to hear some of the Form-Based Codes Institutes top leaders share their knowledge and experiences with form-based codes. Below are brief descriptions of the sessions where you will be able to learn about the state of the art in form-based coding from top practitioners in the field.

Also, don’t forget the winners of the FBCI Richard H. Driehaus Form-Based Code Award will be announced on Friday evening at the Awards Ceremony.


CNU26: Sessions on Form-Based Codes

Tuesday, May 15: Form-Based Code Boot Camp — This full-day session includes a series of short talks followed by working sessions and a round table discussion on local issues. FBCI Steering Committee members – Susan Henderson of PlaceMakers, LLC, Joseph Kohl of Dover Kohl and Mary Madden of Ferrell-Madden will join Hazel Borys of PlaceMakers, LLC as instructors for this session. There is an additional registration fee for this session.

Wednesday Afternoon, May 16: Addressing Community Benefits within a Predictable Form-Based Code — This session will explore how to secure social equity and community benefits from development while maintaining the value of predictable codes. Presenters will explore the role of inclusionary zoning, linkage fees, programs for local business and the arts, as well as strategies to engage the public in establishing these programs while ensuring that development remains financially viable. FBCI Steering Committee member, George Proakis, Director of Planning for the City of Somerville, MA and FBCI Resource Council member, Jennifer Hurley from Hurley-Franks & Associates will be joined by Judi Barret from the Plymouth Regional Economics Foundation and Dan Bartman from the City of Somerville, MA to lead this session.

Friday Morning, May 18: Form-Based Codes: What’s working, What’s not, What’s next? — This session will review both the opportunities and the threats within current FBC practice. Participants will review the current state of coding and develop a document outlining top FBC best practices for municipalities and local governments. The session will be led by FBCI Steering Committee members Geoffery Ferrell of Ferrell-Madden, Susan Henderson of PlaceMakers, LLC and Mark Gillem of the University of Oregon and FBCI Resource Council member, Jennifer Hurley of Hurley-Franks & Associates. They will be joined by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of DPZ CoDESIGN.

Friday Afternoon, May 18: Comparing Different Form-Based Code Platforms — Too frequently, the form-based codes that are adopted are overly complex, with layers of potentially conflicting regulations that are difficult to administer or implement. At the same time, creative innovations in coding are also being implemented. This session will review both the threats and the opportunities within current FBC practice. This session will be led by FBCI Steering Committee Member Geoffrey Ferrell of Ferrell-Madden joined by Andrew Georgiadis of Georgiadis Urban Design.