Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award
Today's Best Form-Based Codes
The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award is presented annually by FBCI with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. The award recognizes excellence in the writing and implementation of form-based codes. Award winners include codes for corridors, neighborhoods, entire cities and even regions. The winning codes provide good examples for communities to study and learn from in their own efforts to write codes. To see previous years' winners please click here.
The 2013 Driehaus Award Winner
The award jury selected one code from among many excellent submissions for the 2013 award. The winner was recognized on May 31, 2012 during a three-hour session called Today's Best Form-Based Codes at the CNU 21 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award jury members highlighted what was outstanding in the selected code, while also discussing features that they liked in other codes that were submitted. Award recipients also attended and commented on thier work. This in-depth discussion was open to everyone attending the session to present their comments and questions.
The Town of Babylon Downtown Wyandanch and Straight Path Corridor Form-Based Code
The Town of Babylon Downtown Wyandanch and Straight Path Corridor Form-Based Code is designed to spur the revitalization of an economically distressed area. The Code is intended to transform the existing 142-acre suburban corridor and transit station area characterized by odd-shaped parcels, brownfields sites, surface parking, blighted buildings and lack of open space into a cohesive, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Integrated into an existing regulatory framework, this well-organized code promotes good urbanism by employing standards that should create a predictable street character and public realm.
The detailed Regulating Plans provide a clear structure, organized by and around the street-space. The Code shows a coherent conception of the public realm, and regulates it using consistent or complementary frontages and street trees.
The 2013 Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award Jury
Robert Sitkowski, Esq. University of Connecticut (Jury Chair)
Lisa Wise, AICP Lisa Wise Consulting, San Luis Obispo, CA
Geoffrey Ferrell, Principal, Ferrell-Madden LLC, Washington, DC
Susan Henderson, LEED-AP Principal, Placemakers LLC, Albuquerque, NM