John Wiley & Sons, 2008

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By Daniel G. Parolek, AIA, Karen Parolek, and Paul C. Crawford, FAICP

Form-Based Codes is the only comprehensive guide to Form-Based Codes for urban designers, architects, planners, developers and city agencies. Generously illustrated at 332 pages, it includes forewords by two leading lights of the new urbanist movement and accomplished form-based coders Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Stefanos Polyzoides. The book explains the components of FBCs, a suggested process for drafting them, and many helpful case studies. Authors Daniel Parolek, Karen Parolek, and Paul C. Crawford are founding board members of the Form-Based Codes Institute.

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Jun 13 2013

Created by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to facilitate the implementation of the GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. One of the central goals of the plan is to make the Chicago region a better place to live, which includes having more livable communities. This handbook outlines what form-based codes are, how they are created, and how they can positively impact a community's livability. The document (PDF) is available to all interested readers free of charge.

Florida Department of Transportation
Dec 15 2012

Building on prior TOD planning in Florida, this guidebook goes beyond defining TOD and best practices to focus on how it can be acheived. Florida specific place types, model zoning code language, and implementation strategies provide the tools communities require to further TOD in Florida. The guidebook (PDF) is available free of charge.

Form-Based Codes in Seven Steps: The Michigan Guidebook to Liveability
CNU Michigan, 2010


A handy "how-to" guidebook by the Michigan Chapter of the Congress of the New Urbanism, with 144 pages setting out the process of drafting a code in seven steps. This guidebook is intended primarily for small communities with limited or no professional planning staff. For more information, please click here

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A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects
John Wiley & Sons, 2008


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By Daniel K. Slone, Doris S. Goldstein and W. Andrew Gowder  

Written by pioneering attorneys in the emerging fields of urbanism and green building, A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects  offers you practical solutions for legal issues you may face in planning, zoning, developing, and operating such communities. Find information on legal issues related to urban form, legal mechanisms and ways to incorporate good urban design into local land regulation, overcoming impediments to sound urban design practice, and state and federal issues related to urban design and planning law.

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Form-Based Zoning
American Institute of Certified Planners


Faculty: Paul C. Crawford, Bill Dennis and Geoffrey Ferrell

A CD-ROM from the APA's National Planning Conference of 2004, containing an audio recording synchronized with the faculty members' presentations. 

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The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community
McGraw-Hill, 2004


By Peter Katz

FBCI founding board member Peter Katz is author of this seminal book on the emergence and meaning of New Urbanism. The town planning movement that motivated the development of form-based codes is deftly described in this book. 

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City Rules: How Regulations Affect Urban Form
Island Press, 2011


By Emily Talen, Ph.D

 City Rules offers a challenge to students and professionals in urban planning, design, and policy to change the rules of city-building, using regulations to reinvigorate, rather than stifle, our communities. Emily Talen demonstrates that regulations are a primary detriment to the creation of a desirable urban form. While many contemporary codes encourage sprawl and even urban blight, that hasn't always been the case-and it shouldn't be in the future. 

Talen provides a visually rich history, showing how certain eras used rules to produce beautiful, walkable, and sustainable communities, while others created just the opposite. She makes complex regulations understandable, demystifying city rules like zoning and illustrating how written codes translate into real-world consequences. Most importantly, Talen proposes changes to these rules that will actually enhance communities' freedom to develop unique spaces.

Routledge, 2011


By Stephen Marshall

 Urban codes have a profound influence on urban form, affecting the design and placement of buildings, streets and public spaces. Historically, their use has helped create some of our best-loved urban environments, while recent advances in coding have been a growing focus of attention, particularly in Britain and North America. However, the full potential for the role of codes has yet to be realized.

In Urban Coding and Planning, Stephen Marshall and his contributors investigate the nature and scope of coding; its purposes; the kinds of environments it creates; and, perhaps most importantly, its relationship to urban planning.

By bringing together historical and ongoing traditions of coding from around the world – with chapters describing examples from the United Kingdom, France, India, China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, the United States and Latin America – this book provides lessons for today’s theory and practice of place-making.