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Form-Based Zoning: An Alternative to Conventional Codes

OnDemand Webinar (96 minutes)

Learn drafting and implementation principles that will facilitate the application of form-based codes.Responding to the shortcomings of conventional zoning tools in shaping development outcomes, communities are increasing turning to form-based codes. Form-based codes offer a predictable and streamlined path to entitling walkable, mixed-use communities and encouraging reinvestment in urban areas. Because they are different than conventional, Euclidean zoning, form-based codes pose a variety of implementation challenges. Are these codes legal in my state? Are they grounded in established police power principles? What administrative challenges will my community face, and how do those compare to discretionary zoning practices? This topic will provide drafting and implementation principles that will facilitate the implementation of form-based codes, or the identification of effective alternatives to form-based codes.


Mark White, White & Smith, LLC



• What Are Form-Based Codes?

• New Urbanism vs. Conventional Development

Elements of FBCs

• Regulating Plans - Districts

• Building Types

• Frontage Standards

• Transportation Standards

• Civic Spaces

• Uses

• Processes

Implementing a Form-Based Code

• Drafting Principles

• Graphics Principles

• Application of Form-Based Codes

Legal Considerations of Form-Based Codes

• Authority to Adopt Form-Based Coding Regulations

• Local Authority

• Due Process

• Spot Zoning

• Metrics

Lessons Learned

• Limits of Form-Based Codes

• Alternatives to Form-Based Codes