Code-Ready Sustainable Planning

Zoning Practice — August 2013

By Douglas Farr


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In a time of tight municipal budgets, planning is under pressure to prove that plans produce short- and long-term benefits. In addition, there are growing expectations that planning has a central role in addressing urgent societal issues related to sustainability, such as active living and obesity, mobility choice and auto dependence, and climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation. Together these dual trends of low budgets and high expectations exert pressure on the practice of planning to focus on more effective implementation of ever-more-precise outcomes.

This issue of Zoning Practice discusses the types of gaps communities may have between plan recommendations and code provisions and provides a primer on how planners can use quantifiable planning objectives to guide the development of zoning provisions.


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Aug. 1, 2013
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About the Author

Douglas Farr
Doug is an architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking. He is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm that plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. Doug co-chaired the development of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for the New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of "the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.”