The Design Studio assists communities in creating form-based zoning, which considers how buildings are shaped and how they relate to each other and their communities rather than how they are used.
Form-based codes, unlike traditional zoning, address details such as relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. Form-based zoning districts can be employed to achieve a community vision which preserves existing character or creates new character; our Design Studio staff is experienced in every phase of form-based code production, from leading the initial public participation and review through creating the code to administration and development review.
Our staff designers provide design consultations to individual property owners/developers and design professionals to assist them in creating development plans which are livable and achieve the community’s vision. These services are available to property owners contemplating a new development projects or property-specific, form-based zoning district application (SP), as well as those in current form-based zoning districts.
Our designers' extensive training and experience in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design makes them uniquely qualified to provide recommendations on site layout, appropriate building types and details, and appropriate streetscape elements.
Concepts & Applications
Specific Plan (SP) Zoning
The Downtown Code applies form-based principles to shape growth and development in the city center.
Urban Design Overlays