Zoning and Form Based Codes: A Nuts and Bolts Primer

APA Florida, Treasure Coast Section


Wednesday, September 10, 2014
10:45 a.m. - noon EDT

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This “nuts and bolts” session offers a primer on the popular alternative to conventional zoning of form-based codes, with a discussion on related topics of traffic/street design and parking. The session will also discuss how a well-designed zoning ordinance helps "set up" your district for the kind of quality development, curb appeal, and walkability that stakeholders seek, ranging from making bite-sized improvements to your conventional zoning ordinance, to incorporating major steps toward the powerful results afforded by form-based codes. Discussed will be how to integrate uses (most importantly upper floor dwellings); support businesses big & small; improve customer sharing among shops; make streets safe and attractive for walking and biking; do more with less parking; preserve community history; and protect the environment. Get answers to frequently asked questions about zoning and form-based codes, such as: How can a Main Street organization cost-effectively evaluate and improve its zoning ordinance & site plan review process?; and Are off-street parking requirements excessive? Case studies will show how substantial improvement efforts were organized and planned at little/no cost.