Form-Based Codes 101: Introduction



Wednesday, February 7, 2018, midnight
Thursday, December 31, 2020, midnight CST

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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.

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Mary Madden

Invited Speaker

Mary Madden, AICP, is a principal of the urban design and planning firm Ferrell Madden LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of urban planning and design, community development, and historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels. Recent work includes town planning and urban design for public and private sector clients, with an emphasis on revising zoning codes to promote walkability, smart growth, sustainability and New Urbanism. In addition to working directly with communities, Mary frequently speaks and writes on the topics of urban design and form-based codes. Mary has served as an adjunct faculty member for the landscape architecture program at Oklahoma State University and for the planning program at Virginia Tech. Before joining Ferrell Madden in 2002, she served in several positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Earlier in her career, Mary was the co-director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and worked in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Mary Madden holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University.

Victor Dover

Invited Speaker

Victor Dover, FAICP, is a planner and urban designer, founding principal at Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning, and co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley, January 2014). He is an expert on how to fix our streets and public spaces, and, in the process, shape enduring cities that people really love. For 30 years, Dover has been principal in charge at Dover, Kohl & Partners, designing walkable, sustainable development. His work spans five continents and ranges from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting suburbia. His projects include Plan El Paso, hailed as “America’s Best Smart Growth Plan,” and the Columbia Pike revitalization plan and code. Victor is a recipient of the John Nolen Medal for Contributions to Urbanism. He served as the national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2010 – 2012 and is a CNU Fellow.

Tony Perez

Invited Speaker

With 30 years of experience—12 as a public sector planner and the past 18 as a consulting professional writing Form-Based Codes—Tony is an expert at working with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and implementable development standards. His experience in the public and private sectors gives him sharp focus and broad perspective to ensure that the standards articulated will implement the policies and deliver the expected visions. Tony learned the craft of preparing Form-Based Codes while working on a variety of projects over the past 18 years with Stefanos Polyzoides, Paul Crawford, Alan Loomis, and David Sargent—and most recently 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 while asking important questions of the designers and stakeholders in the process. Tony is also adept at integrating each Form-Based Code with the community’s existing regulations and procedures. Tony’s work on the City of Santa Ana’s Transit Zoning Code was one of two winners in the United States of the 2012 Driehaus Award for Form-Based Codes. Tony was on the 2016 Driehaus Award Jury, is a board member of the Form-Based Code Institute and is a FBCI instructor who helps teach this zoning reform technique across the U.S. Tony has authored or co-authored over 25 codes, peer-reviewed 12 and contributed to 10 others. These codes range from small neighborhood codes to the transformation of corridors and suburban shopping centers up to Citywide codes where he has used the hybrid approach: Form-Based Zoning for walkable urban areas and improved conventional zoning for auto-oriented suburban areas. Tony increasingly enjoys working with public sector planners to train them in using and explaining Form-Based Codes. Tony teaches Form-Based Planning and Coding to undergraduates at Cal Poly Pomona and has taught the course to graduate students at UCLA. Tony is nearing completion of a case study book titled The Mexican Patio House which analyzes 30 patio house buildings ranging from small urban houses, to civic buildings and haciendas from Central Mexico. Tony is from the small California Delta town of Isleton and lives with his family in Camarillo, California.