Form Based Code Scorecard

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, November 4, 2016
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

CM | 1.50
L | 1.50

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 There is more than one approach to drafting good form-based codes --they aren't “one-size-fits-all”. Good codes are based on community contexts --physical, political, and economic --and incorporate lessons learned from other communities and code writing experiences. Most importantly, they should be written with a clear outcomes (or physical vision) in mind.This session explores several emerging issues in the practice of form-based coding. What are the issues to focus on post-adoption administration and implementation?The presentation will begin with an in-depth look at some of these emerging issues, including:·         Where does a form-based code makes sense…and where doesn't it? (walkable urban vs. drive-only suburban contexts)·         Balancing certainty and flexibility --for both the community and the developer·         Practical idealism: Are there acceptable trade-offs between the community vision and market demands?·         The public realm: who builds it and how do you pay for it, particularly in an infill/redevelopment context?The second portion will evaluate how form-based codes are working in several communities that have adopted them over the last few years.  What has worked well and what hasn't? How might these “lessons learned” inform future form-based code efforts?




Sam Chavez

Invited Speaker

Samuel Chavez, AICP, has more than 26 years of progressively responsible experience in the public planning sector. Sam started his public sector planning career as a planner for Palm Beach County, Florida in 1988 and is currently the Assistant Director of Development Services for the City of Richardson, Texas where ... Read More

William Dahlstrom, FAICP

Invited Speaker

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