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 edition 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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April 1, 2018
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About the Authors

Nancy Stroud, FAICP
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.

Elizabeth Garvin, AICP
Elizabeth Garvin Esq., AICP, is a planner, attorney, and the founding principal of Community ReCode. She has prepared traditional and FBC/hybrid zoning codes for cities and counties across the country, drafted topic-specific code provisions addressing sustainability and water-conserving redevelopment, and lately spends a substantial portion of her time bringing sign codes into compliance. Prior to founding Community ReCode, Elizabeth was the planning director for a corporate consulting practice, practiced law, and worked as a senior staff member at a well-regarded boutique planning firm. Ms. Garvin serves as an advisory board member for the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and is a frequent speaker and author on planning and regulatory topics, including authoring the RMLUI Legal Corner for The Western Planner.