Form-Based Codes without the Attitude

In the past five years, Form-Based Codes and Zoning has become the latest fashion in planning and urban design, with cities such as Pasadena, Ventura, and Azusa adopting such codes citywide or for particular districts. Yet what are Form-Based Codes and why does adopting them seem to require an evangelical conversion? Is it possible to utilize the ideas of Form-Based Codes without proposing a total revolution in land-use regulations? This session will explore the City of Glendale’s attempt to integrate Form-Based Codes into a conventional planning framework of General Plan, Zoning Code and Design Guidelines.

Speakers: Alan Loomis, Principal Urban Designer, City of Glendale CA; Hassan Haghani, Assistant Planning Director, City of Glendale CA

2006 APA California Conference, Garden Grove CA