From the Euclidean box to the SmartCode, planners have a wide range of tools for shaping the form of cities and how they function. This practical report looks at six ways cities have adopted form-based zoning tools and the results that followed. Case studies describe the pros, cons, and consequences of form-based zoning regulations in Austin, Texas; Mooresville, North Carolina; Denver; Arlington, Virginia; Livermore, California; and Miami. Interviews with planners in each community give real-world perspectives on choosing, implementing, and evaluating form controls. Because form doesn't exist in a vacuum, the report also looks at the planning challenges of housing affordability, carbon emissions, aging populations, and preservation. Which form controls support positive change in these areas-and which work against it? Lessons learned from cities across the country offer guidance for planners facing these challenges in their own communities.
Donald L. Elliott is a senior consultant for the Denver office of Clarion Associates. Matthew Goebel is a partner and vice president with Clarion Associates' Denver office. Chad B. Meadows is a senior associate with Clarion Associates in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chad B. Meadows, Donald L. Elliott, Matthew Goebel