Tony Perez

With 30 years of experience—12 as a public sector planner and the past 18 as a consulting professional writing Form-Based Codes—Tony works with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and implementable development standards that deliver the expected vision. 

Tony learned the craft of preparing Form-Based Codes while working on a variety of projects with Stefanos Polyzoides, Paul Crawford, Alan Loomis, and David Sargent—and over the past seven years with Dan Parolek, Karen Parolek, Stefan Pellegrini, and John Miki. Tony is fluent in the language of urban design and architecture, enabling him to extract maximum information and direction out of a vision and from designers and stakeholders. 

A leader in advancing the practice of Form-Based Coding, Tony was on the 2016 Driehaus Award Jury and is a board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. As an FBCI instructor, he enjoys working with public sector planners across the U.S. to work with them on improving codes and to train them in using and explaining Form- Based Codes.   Tony teaches Form-Based Planning and Zoning at Cal Poly Pomona University.

Tony has completed a case study book titled The Mexican Patio House, which analyzes patio house buildings ranging from small urban houses to civic buildings to haciendas in Central Mexico. Tony is from the small California Delta town of Isleton and lives with his family in Camarillo, CA. 

Courses taught by Tony Perez

Form-Based Codes 101: Introduction

This course defines form-based codes, explains why they were invented, and distinguishes form-based codes from conventional "use-based" zoning ordinances—all with an emphasis on placemaking and walkability. 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.

74 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
LA CES

Form-Based Codes 101: Learning How To Look

This course will teach you the skills to appreciate and analyze the measures and functions of good urbanism.

71 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
LA CES

Form-Based Codes: Using Building Types, Part 1

Learn about building types in the context of form-based coding and how building types can be a direct way to achieve compatible and more predictable built results.

63 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
SACPLAN CPD

Form-Based Codes: Using Building Types, Part 2

By the end of this course, you will have a high understanding of the range of building type choices, their importance, and where and how to apply them to achieve compatible and more predictable community character objectives.

53 Mins
AICP CM
SACPLAN CPD

Frontage Types and the Public Realm

This course reviews the 10 primary frontage types and how each shapes the public realm. This course focuses on understanding the features and distinctions of each type and in which locations or contexts each is appropriate.

72 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
SACPLAN CPD