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The DIY Form-Based Code: An Introduction

The DIY Form-Based Code: An Introduction

29 min

Code drafting and design standards for contextual zoning policy often come in the form of a "form-based code." Citing standards and design guidelines from SmartCode and The Form-Based Code Guide, this first of several courses introduces the novel approach that Norm Wright has developed in drafting hybrid and context-based zoning. The method uses an iterative, testable model developed with low-cost tools that create amazing code scenarios for those who are able to "Do It Yourself." If you are a novice with little knowledge of form-based codes but with an interest in creating potentially award wining code, then this is the course for you.

In This Course

  1. Thousands of cities and towns are regulated under zoning ordinances that few planners support. This course shows one way to do better.
  2. Overview of Form-Based Codes
    Form-based codes have a long and fascinating history. This chapter shares some of the most helpful details of that history.
  3. The Standard Method of Writing Codes
    Good process is the key to writing great codes. Keep the right process and involve the community, and great codes will emerge.
  4. More on Testing Our Code
    Testing a form-based code requires a unique step in the process, but it's also a vital element to our success.
  5. Rules and Tools for the Job
    Like any craft, good tools are vital to our success. Similarly, the rules we use in our code will make all the difference in creating an effective code.

Published 2014