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The DIY Form-Based Code: An Introduction

Citing standards and design guidelines from SmartCode and The Form-Based Code Guide, this first of several courses introduces a novel, iterative, and testable methodology.

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Course Info

  • Duration 5 video lessons (28 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2014
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    1.
    A Call For New, Better Codes
    Chapter Duration 1 min
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    2.
    Overview of Form-Based Codes
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    3.
    The Standard Method of Writing Codes
    Chapter Duration 7 mins
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    More on Testing Our Code
    Chapter Duration 2 mins
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    Rules and Tools for the Job
    Chapter Duration 10 mins

Course Description

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.

Learn these skills

  • Land Use
  • Regulations
  • Site Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning Codes

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Norman Wright

Norman Wright

Norman Wright is the Director of Neighborhood Services for Adams County, Colorado. In his career as a local government planner, he has written a city-wide form-based code and authored six plans for three local governments.

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Very informative and presented in a manner that is easily understood. I especially liked the discussion on different software programs to use in the process.
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