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Form-Based Codes

drawing of site planForm-based codes, unlike traditional zoning, address details such as the 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 are used to achieve a community vision which preserves existing character or creates new character.

Planning Department 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.

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