Form-Based Development Codes

Zoning Practice — May 2004

By David Rouse, FAICP, Nancy Zobl


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This article discusses an emerging trend toward zoning codes that focus on regulating physical form as an alternative to conventional Euclidean zoning.


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May 1, 2004
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American Planning Association

About the Authors

David Rouse, FAICP
David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA is a planner and landscape architect with nearly 40 years of experience, focused on creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities. An urban and regional planning consultant, David is committed to connecting professional practice and research to develop practical solutions for 21st century planning and design issues. He is the former Research Director for APA in Washington, DC, where he led the Planning Advisory Service, sponsored research programs, and special initiatives such as the Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan Standards and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to joining APA in 2013, David was a principal at the firm Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) in Philadelphia.

Nancy Zobl