Avoiding Common Form-Based Code Mistakes, Part 2

Zoning Practice — June 2013

By Daniel Parolek


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This article continues the previous month’s discussion of common form-based coding mistakes, this time focusing on how a lack of planning can undermine a form-based coding effort and taking a closer look at how use permissions and development standards need to be recalibrated to ensure that a new form-based code produces the desired results.


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June 1, 2013
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About the Author

Daniel Parolek
Daniel Parolek is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, known for creating walkable, sustainable communities and designing buildings that reinforce them. He has always had a strong interest in how a mix of appropriate building types can create diverse, accessible neighborhoods. In 2010 this interest culminated in the conception of the term Missing Middle Housing. Over the past 16 years, he has led many communities, small and large, to implement their visions with a new approach to zoning called Form-Based Coding, about which he co-wrote what’s been called “the definitive handbook.”