Published on July 29, 2009
Today’s Best Form-Based CodesCNU 17 – Denver
FBCI Mission: To advance the knowledge and use of, and develop standards for, Form-Based Codes as a method to achieve a community vision based on time-tested forms of urbanism.
Blue Springs Downtown Development Code
Downtown Blue Springs, Missouri FBC180 Degree Design Studio
Blue Springs DowntownA 15 year vision Historic Downtown Core Historic Residential Neighborhoods 21st Century Transit Village
Blue Springs DowntownTransect Zones
Blue Springs DDC: Downtown Review Board
Blue Springs DowntownFirst Projects
West Evanston Form-Based Code
Dallas Form Districts
Existing Code Problems Unpredictable Outcomes Districts Do Not Create Urban Places “One Size Fits All” Approach Each Project Involves Negotiation No Districts to Implement Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
The Dallas Code is friendly to developments like this . . .
. . . and unfriendly to developments like this
New Code Approach forwardDallas! mixed use building blocks provide context for differentiating mixed use standards Urban Mixed Use Multi-Modal Corridor Transit Center Campus District Main Street Urban Neighborhood
New Code Approach New Districts Designed as Base Zoning Options Form-Based Codification Additional graphics and improved page layout Includes Minor Streets Standards
New Code Approach Hierarchy of Elements: ZONING DISTRICTS: Districts Applied Based on forwardDallas! Policy Guidance BUILDING TYPES: Building Types Allowed in Specified Districts PERMITTED USES: Uses Allowed in Specified Building Types
New Code Approach Three New Districts: Urban Mixed Use (UMU-) Low, Medium, High Intensity 3-Stories . . . 8-Stories . . . 12-stories Urban Residential (UR-) Low, Medium, High Intensity Residential Transition (RTN) Low Intensity Only
New Code Approach Two Frontages Shopfront Requires single- or multi-story shopfront building with retail on ground floor Accommodates large-format retail, not just “main street” Mixed Use Shopfront Requires multi-story shopfront building with retail on ground floor Vertical mixing of uses (residential or office above retail)
Code Format Building Types by District
Code Format Building Types
Code Format Building Types
Code Format Use Regulations
Streets and Streetscape Variety of streetscape plates can be matched to a variety of street types
Implementation Enabling Legislation Only– NOT Location-Specific Zoning Changes No Map Changes Each Map Change Considered as a Rezoning The Goal is to Enable Good, Urban Mixed-Use in Specific Target Areas Around Transit Stations (TOD) Along Transit Corridors
The View from the Jury: Current issues in FBC writing Use of building types: when and how? Is enabling urbanism enough? The importance of a clear vision? Optional codes?
Use of building types: when and how?
Is enabling urbanism enough?
The importance of a clear vision?
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