Codifying New Urbanism: How to Reform Municipal Land Development Regulations

PAS Report 526

By Congress for the New Urbanism, APA Planning Advisory Service

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For planners, officials, and citizens seeking to employ the principles of new urbanism to development in their community, Codifying New Urbanism, by the Congress for the New Urbanism, examines the various ways to do so by modifying their land development regulations.

Heavily illustrated and in full color, this report describes new urbanist essentials, the steps to putting new urbanism to work in your community, and the successes of 12 communities who have followed the approaches described in the report. It also contains an extensive interview with a practitioner about his experience in championing and implementing new urbanism, and a survey of communities using new urbanism.

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June 30, 2004
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Introduction: New Urbaninsm and codes by Jonathan Barnett, FAICP
What the charter proposes • The power of development regulations • How relevant are zones today? • What is wrong with zoning and subdivision regulations? • How to change the codes

1. New Urbanism Essentials by Joel Russell
Different tiers and kinds of "codes": A continuum from planning to design • Elements of new urbanist zoning • Essential regulatory provisions for implementing new urbanism

2. Putting New Urbanism to Work in Your Community by Joel Russell
Steps to regulatory reform • Crafting your approach to regulatory reform • Conventional formats, new standards (or "new wine in old bottles") • New approaches

3. From Building to Region: New Urbanist Regulations in Place by Ellen Greenberg, AICP
The region:metropolis,city, and town • The neighborhood, the district and the corridor • The block, the street and the building • Real places change the rules:new urbanist regulations in 12 communities • Seattle, Washington, Station Area Planning Program • State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Uniform Construction Code, Rehabilitation Subcode • Orlando, Florida, Southeast Sector Plan • San Antonio, Texas, Unified Development Code • Huntersville, North Carolina, Zoning Ordinance • Petaluma, California Specific Plan • Columbus, Ohio, Traditional Neighborhood Development • Arlington County, Virginia, Columbia Pike Special District • The Hercules, California, Central Plan • The Saint Paul, Minnesota, Urban Village Code • The Skaneateles, New York, Village Center • Pasadena, California, City of Gardens

Afterword: Creating a Local Government System that Promotes New Urbanism by Paul Crawford, AICP

Appendix A: Summary table of new urbanist land development regulations

Appendix B: Charter of the new urbanism