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Form-Based Codes

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“Form-based codes focus on the desired structure and appearance of the built environment, rather than on restricted uses (the focus for more conventional planning tools). Form-based codes typically address the exterior form, massing, and site design of buildings and their relationship to the site and “public realm” (streets, parks, or other public spaces). They often combine text with extensive graphics to create documents that are easier to comprehend than conventional planning documents.” - City of Sacramento Form-Based Codes Report; Pg 6.

The tools in the Form-Based Codes toolbox provide examples from cities that have implemented and developed projects under the Form-Based Code as well as references to connections between Form-Based Code and SmartGrowth, sustainable cities, walkable communities, and Transit Oriented Design.

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