In this final part of their series, Mary Madden and Joel Russell discuss the vital relationship between the planning process and the development of a form-based code.
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Our 4-part series on form-based codes continues with an overview of the typical elements of a FBC and how they enable it to shape public space and create walkable, pedestrian-friendly places.
The concepts of “urban form” and “the public realm,” central to form-based codes, are absent from the conventional zoning vocabulary. A look at key differences between FBCs and traditional zoning.
An introduction to the use of form-based codes — how they work and how they differ from conventional zoning. In Part 1: an overview of the origins of form-based zoning and its primary objectives.
Blight has reached crisis proportion in many cities across the country. But communities are fighting back, recognizing the severe impacts that blighted and abandoned properties can cause.
To achieve a minimum level of “literacy” about the economics of development requires at least a navigational knowledge of the basic tool of real estate feasibility analysis — the pro-forma.
A scientifically conducted survey of residents brings in the voice of the public to bear on planning issues like no forum, newspaper straw poll, or focused discussion.
A look at how Portland has gone beyond “Walk Score” in using a detailed rating system to evaluate neighborhood “walkability” — and why one older neighborhood fares quite well.
Residents in established neighborhoods will often be very concerned about zoning proposals to allow new commercial uses close to their neighborhood. The question planners and planning commissioners must be able to answer is how the creation of a commercial district near a neighborhood will be a positive change.
Preservation planner Amy Facca provides an overview of the different kinds of plans used to strengthen local historic preservation efforts.
In the fourth installment of their series on low impact development, the Segedys provide an overview of ways communities can start to implement a LID program.
Community planners and economic development professionals are increasingly identifying communities’ signature elements, including location specific historic and related sites, as well as businesses and institutions that are part of the “creative economy.”
A brief overview of tax increment financing: how it works, and some of the pros and cons in using it.