Code-Ready Sustainable Planning

Zoning Practice — August 2013

By Douglas Farr


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In a time of tight municipal budgets, planning is under pressure to prove that plans produce short- and long-term benefits. In addition, there are growing expectations that planning has a central role in addressing urgent societal issues related to sustainability, such as active living and obesity, mobility choice and auto dependence, and climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation. Together these dual trends of low budgets and high expectations exert pressure on the practice of planning to focus on more effective implementation of ever-more-precise outcomes.

This issue of Zoning Practice discusses the types of gaps communities may have between plan recommendations and code provisions and provides a primer on how planners can use quantifiable planning objectives to guide the development of zoning provisions.


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Aug. 1, 2013
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About the Author

Douglas Farr
Doug Farr FCNU FAIA is a nationally recognized architect, urbanist, and best-selling author. He leads Chicago-based Farr Associates, a pioneering, sustainability-driven architecture and urban design firm recognized by the New York Times as “the most prominent of the city's growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects.” The firm has designed many of the region’s most sustainable buildings and places including Uptown Normal, Whistler Crossing, Chicago Center for Green Technology, Academy for Global Citizenship, and the University of Chicago’s Keller Center. At any given time, Farr Associates’ current projects represent the most forward-looking practices in high-performance buildings and sustainable urbanism.