Form-Based Codes 101

What You'll Learn

This track is equivalent to the popular one-day FBC 101 class offered by the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI). It introduces form-based coding through a combination of presentations, discussions and case studies from the leading practitioners and innovators of the modern practice of form-based coding. Learn how coding relates to planning, how form-based codes work within zoning codes, and how they may be applied citywide or in specific settings such as corridors, centers, or small infill sites. Participants who complete the entire track will gain useful knowledge of what to expect from a coding process, how to structure a coding process, and some potential problems to avoid.

This track fulfills all requirements for enrolling in FBCI's two-day on-site advanced courses. Participants who successfully complete all three receive a certificate of completion from FBCI. Learn more at 

9 hours 3 minutes

Mary Madden has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of urban planning and design, community development, and historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels.

Victor Dover is a town planner and urban designer with 29 years of leadership in the reform of planning, regulation and development.

Tony Perez has over 27 years of public and private sector experience with a focus on organizing and writing specific plans, master plans and form-based codes.
Geoffrey is one of the originators of the modern practice of Form-Based Codes. His work ranges from site-specific urban designs to zoning-toolkits to replace Euclidean zones – development regulations that emphasize clarity for end-users.

Daniel Parolek is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, specifically in terms of creating livable, sustainable communities and buildings that reinforce them.
Kaizer Rangwala is the founding principal of Rangwala Associates, a firm that practices the principles of walkable urbanism and smart growth.

As a planner and Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Wise has 20 years of professional experience in land use planning, accounting, and finance.
Daniel K. Slone is a partner of McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, VA. Dan assists innovative clients in designing and implementing their projects.

Peter J. Park is a city planner with more than 20 years experience specializing in innovative solutions that balance community, development, and design quality concerns.
Form-Based Codes 101: Introduction

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 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. 

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. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Neighborhoods

This course introduces the essential elements of neighborhoods. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Corridors

Corridors have historically been a key element of the urban fabric of every American town and city, yet they are also commonly problematic. This course looks at the roots of the problem for examples of how corridors can be designed and coded. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Downtowns

Downtowns are the historic center of most American cities. In this course, we will review their role in establishing the past and future character of the city, walking through a series of form-based code case studies across a range of scales and contexts.

Form-Based Codes 101: Preparing a Form-Based Code

This course explores basic questions and decisions to consider when preparing a form-based code. It also covers the different approaches to regulating urban form and provides guidance for selecting an organizing principle for your form-based code. Finally, the course explains the visioning and creating of a plan, followed by drafting, testing, and assembling your code. 

62 min AICP CM CNU-A
Form-Based Codes 101: Legal Aspects

This course explores the legal issues of creating and using a form-based code. 

86 min AICP CM CNU-A
Form-Based Codes 101: Citywide and Countywide Code Updates

The final course in the "Form-Based Codes 101" series explores citywide form-based coding—the assessment of an entire city to determine where form-based code application should occur. 

60 min AICP CM