Smart Codes (PAS 556)

Model Land-Development Regulations

By Marya Morris, FAICP

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This report is a guide to the development of model smart growth ordinances, including models that may be adapted by local governments to implement special planning policies for multimodal transportation, infill development, affordable housing, and other best practices in planning and development regulation. As used here, "smart growth ordinances" and "smart growth development cod...

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April 15, 2009
APA Planning Advisory Service

About the Authors

Marya Morris
Marya Morris is a self employed planning and zoning consultant based in Glencoe, Illinois. She is also a freelance writer and editor and has authored nine Planning Advisory Service Reports, the most recent of which is on Coastal Zone Management published earlier this year. She has been a member of the Glencoe Plan Commission since 2009.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Development Codes and Smart Growth
Chapter 3: Model Comprehensive and Noncomprehensive Smart Growth Codes
Chapter 4: Model Smart Growth Land-Development Regulations with Commentary
4.1: Model Mixed Use Zoning District Ordinance
4.2: Model Live/Work Ordinance
4.3: Model Town Center Ordinance
4.4: Model Affordable Housing Density Bonus Ordinance
4.5: Model Unified Development Permit Review Process Ordinance
4.6: Model Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance
4.7: Model Cluster Development Ordinance
4.8: Model Pedestrian Overlay District (POD)
4.9: Model On-Site Access, Parking, and Circulation Ordinance
4.10: Model Shared Parking Ordinance
4.11: Model Street Connectivity Standards Ordinance
4.12: Urban Growth Boundary Model Ordinance
4.13: Transit Oriented Development Overlay Model Ordinance
4.14: Infill Development Incentives Model Ordinance
4.15: Critical Areas Model Ordinance
4.16: Home Occupations Model Ordinance
4.17: Complete Streets Overview and Model Policy
4.18: Grayfields Redevelopment Overview and Model Approaches
4.19: Form-Based Code Overview and Model Approaches
4.20: Lot Area Averaging Model Ordinance
4.21: Citizen Participation Model Ordinance