Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

The Frontier of Form-Based Codes

Originally published in Regional and Intergovernmental Planning a publication of the APA’s Regional Planning Division (Fall 2010)

Form-based codes are often intended for relatively small areas, ranging from single streets to neighborhood districts. Yet they are also being tested further up the scale as key tools in regional planning. They have been deployed to implement community and resource conservation plans on the urban fringe and in rural areas. Such codes seek to control sprawl while shaping an attractive landscape at various points along the urban to rural continuum. This article summarizes some recent examples.

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