Form-Based Code Case Studies: FBCI's Library of Codes

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In contrast to conventional zoning, which focuses on regulating land uses, form-based codes are used to prioritize the desired physical form of a community.

Form-based codes are often used by local jurisdictions to shape more walkable, people-friendly neighborhoods or cities. In combination with by-right zoning, form-based codes can produce more predictable development processes and outcomes.

The Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) has compiled this library of excellent form-based-codes from across the United States. Jurisdictions considering form-based zoning for a neighborhood plan or their city may find this library useful as a reference.

Review form-based codes in FBCI's Library of Codes.

Users may search the library by:

  • Phrase
  • Location
  • Driehaus Award recipients
  • Physical Context: Size or type of government entity
  • Organizing Principle: Underlying organization for the code standards
  • Implementation Method: How the code standards operate within the zoning ordinance
  • Development Type: Development types impacted by the code standards
  • Special Features: Unique code attributes or awards