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What Every Public Official Should Know About Form-Based Codes

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls is an elected leader in a city that’s promoting revitalization through a zoning overhaul. She espouses form-based codes as an important part of the toolkit for this task. Roxanne speaks directly to public officials – elected and appointed – including those serving on committees, commissions and community councils, helping these leaders and citizen-planners know what they need to know about form-based codes. She shows how the codes encompass the public realm to effectively shape the streets, blocks and neighborhoods that make high quality communities. She discusses how the codes control the form and functions of streets, making them effective movers of traffic while welcoming non-auto movement, and considers the extent to which regulations should guide architectural form and style. Form-based codes’ basis in community consensus, and ways to foster that consensus for community planning, is considered as well.