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Form-Based Codes

One of the freshest zoning concepts to be introduced in decades, Form-Based Code (FBC) is gaining widespread attention from local officials, interested citizens, and the development community. Form-Based Codes rely on design concepts and patterns intended to preserve the best of a community, creating more sustainable places. FBC emphasizes the physical form of the building and its relationship to the street and adjacent buildings. Compatibility of uses is achieved through design and orientation, instead of strict land use separation. The result is development in harmony with the established or desired character of a district supported by mixed uses, pedestrian-friendly systems and complementary scale.

LSL has helped many communities, large and small, achieve their goals for downtown, corridor and neighborhood improvement by incorporating Form-Based Code as an element of traditional zoning or as a community-wide regulatory approach.


Triangle District
Birmingham, MI

Crescent District Code
Leesburg, VA

Hybrid Zoning Ordinance
Grandville, MI

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