In this course we will define form-based codes, explain why they were invented, and distinguish them from conventional "use-based" zoning ordinances—all with an emphasis on place-making and walkability (i.e., physical form and character). We will provide an overview of the development of form-based codes, their mandatory and optional component parts, and the importance of making form-based codes context or place-specific. The course also describes a range of contexts for the use of form-based codes and concludes with some common misconceptions about form-based codes and some common mistakes in their preparation or use.
At the end of this course, you will understand how form-based codes shape community growth and character and whether form-based codes are an appropriate tool for regulating development in your community.
Completion of all of the courses in this FBC 101 sequence is a prerequisite to taking FBCI's two-day onsite advanced courses, FBC 201 (Urban Design and Placemaking with Form-Based Codes) and FBC 301 (Formulating, Adopting, and Administering Form-Based Codes), which lead to a certificate of completion from FBCI. More information on these courses is available on FBCI's website, www.formbasedcodes.org.
This course is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credits.
This course is eligible for 1.25 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW.