FBCI's webinars offer an excellent overview and insights into the intricacies of form-based coding.


Learn How Form-Based Codes Can Transform Cities and Towns 

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   This 90-minute session by three experts, including a planner, a city designer and an attorney, is an ideal introduction for planners, commissioners, council members, architects, developers, consultants, interested citizens and all others concerned with community planning and the land development process. 

Integrating More Sustainable Design Into Form-Based Codes 

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   This 2-hour webinar covers key elements of sustainable design that may be regulated by form-based codes, including storm water and waste water conservation, renewable energy systems, urban agriculture, green roofs, landscaping, community-based transportation and community participation strategies. Instructors use specific case studies.  

Economic Development Through Form-Based Coding 

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Scott Polikov, President of Gateway Planning Group in Austin, Texas, demonstrates how a form-based approach allows communities to leverage the near term market without sacrificing flexibility and creativity over time. Of interest to developers, architects, community development specialists, elected officials and all others striving to create places of high value. 

Historic Preservation and Form-Based Codes  

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Two experts offer insights into how to treat historic districts within form-based codes, using case studies from small town and large urban areas. Viewers learn more about the relationship of historic preservation to form-based coding, and when they're a good match.

Idealism Meets Pragmatism: Transforming the Suburbs Step by Step  

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Geoffrey Ferrell and Jason Beske demonstrate how to begin to build a desirable place where the existing urban fabric is less than ideal ("sub-urban"). Case studies taken from a suburban town center and shopping center redevelopment.  

Creating An Effective Hybrid Zoning Code

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Daniel Parolek shows how to create a zoning code/form-based code that has form-based and use-based standards side by side, thus creating an effective hybrid code and not a compromised hybrid FBC. He discusses lessons learned from recent citywide and countywide form-based code projects.

Coding Corridors: Opportunities and Challenges

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Corridors are carriers of life in a region, passageways serving as edges and connectors. Kaizer Rangwala discusses the particular challenges of planning for corridors, man-made and natural. From a theoretical framework, he moves to trends and various contemporary visions for corridors, considering the critical role of form-based codes to engage communities in planning.

 Form-Based Codes for Small Towns

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Stefan Pellegrini shows how form-based codes may be used to preserve and guide development in small towns and rural communities, looking at towns as small as 5,000 people, with applications to even smaller towns and unincorporated communities. He discusses strategies to help rural communities build the basic infrastructure for development while ensuring responsible growth patterns. It's the first in a series of webinars on small towns + FBCs.

Form-Based Codes for Small Towns (#2): The Traditional Town Center

Recording available - contact FBCI for more information   George Proakis continues the conversation about smaller towns and villages, focusing on strategies for the traditional town center. He draws upon his own work using form-based codes to conserve the historic character of New England communities while revitalizing them and spurring new development. George shows the unique power of FBCs to accomplish these two objectives. Second in the series on small towns + FBCs.

Administration of Form-Based Codes

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing    Form-based codes offer a streamlined administrative process. They put the emphasis on creating great and lasting places that attract and retain prosperity within a community. If you are considering switching to a form-based code, or have done so already, this session will provide you with answers to common administrative concerns, examine case studies, discuss design review options, public hearing formats, staff presentations, role of a town architect, and how to streamline the development review process.

What Every Attorney and Mayor Should Know About Form-Based Codes

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Form-based codes are introduced to attorneys and public officials by attorneys Sam Poole and Dan Slone and planner Bill Spikowski. Poole summarizes the historical antecedents of form-based codes and their similarities with early zoning in the United States. Spikowski explains how cities and counties integrate form-based codes into their existing zoning regulations. Slone explores how form-based codes can advance critical sustainability initiatives. The webinar offers insights for planners and public officials in communities now considering form-based codes.

Public Officials and Form-Based Codes
What Elected and Appointed Officials Should Know About FBCs 

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   Cincinnati's Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls speaks directly to public officials - elected and appointed - including those serving on committees, commissions and community councils. She presents the strategic case for form-based codes, explaining why they are important for her city, and how she has persistently pursued their use to help revitalize Cincinnati neighborhoods over an extended period.

Public Officials and Form-Based Codes #2 

Recording available - contact FBCI for more information  Arlington County board member Chris Zimmerman shares the experiences he's gained over the years with the administration of a successful form-based code. Chris will describe the challenges presented by the Columbia Pike code as a code specifically for a built-up area. He will discuss the adaptations that were made, the challenges of code administration, preparing staff, and helping city officials to understand how the code works. He will also touch on the special questions that arose about affordable housing and related issues. 

Advanced SmartCode Applications

A recorded webinar available for on-line viewing   The SmartCode form-based code has been adopted in municipalities throughout the U.S. and utilized in various capacities - testing the tool's adaptability and versatility. This webinar is led by two practitioners who discuss the code, pros and cons, successes and failures. They draw upon their experiences creating codes for towns and cities in Florida, Alabama and Texas. 

It Takes A Village: Community Engagement for Code Adoption

Recording available - contact FBCI for more information  Even the best form-based code only makes a difference once it gets adopted. In this 90-minute session, Jennifer Hurley presents principles and tools for positive community engagement that can help get your code through the political process. She discuss the fine points of engagement formats, dealing with challenging situations, and considering what might happen when you're ready to go live with public meetings.

Street Design for Form-Based Codes

Recording available - contact FBCI for more information  Street design and land use regulation are inseparable parts of a whole in Form-Based Codes. FBCs see street and streetscape as central unifying elements of urban form. This is a key feature distinguishing them from conventional zoning codes or unified development ordinances. Indeed, creating a walkable and attractive public realm is a central focus of a Form-Based Code. Victor Dover and John Massengale deliver insights from their new book about the best streets in the world.



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