Living with Your Form-Based Code

Zoning Practice — April 2018

By Nancy Stroud, FAICP, Elizabeth Garvin, AICP


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Many in the planning and design community recognize the value of form-based codes in providing improved regulatory specificity about the built environment. While most communities have the systems in place to implement an updated traditional code, form-based codes require a different approach to project review. If a community's current review process is not heavily design oriented, the process and the people involved in the process may need to change.

This issue of Zoning Practice focuses on preparing for and living with the day-to-day administration of a form-based zoning code, including educating and training stakeholders, resolving conflicts in the development review process, and adjusting the new code as necessary and appropriate.


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About the Authors

Nancy Stroud, FAICP
<p>Ms. Stroud is practices law at Nancy E. Stroud, P.A. She has lived and worked in South Florida for more than thirty years as a lawyer representing local governments, and focuses on planning and growth management law. Ms. Stroud advises planning and zoning boards, and municipal elected boards, in quasi-judicial hearings and other zoning and planning matters. She graduated with planning and law degrees from the University of North Carolina. Ms. Stroud is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows. She received the 2011 Award from the Florida Chapter of the APA for Distinguished Contribution to the Chapter. Ms. Stroud regularly lectures and publishes on land use topics for lawyers and planners, and teaches AICP certification courses. She is co-author of the LEXIS/NEXIS land use treatise Planning and Control of Land Development: Cases and Materials, one of the leading land use law textbooks.</p>

Elizabeth Garvin, AICP