Form-Based Development Codes

Zoning Practice — May 2004

By David Rouse, FAICP, Nancy Zobl


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This article discusses an emerging trend toward zoning codes that focus on regulating physical form as an alternative to conventional Euclidean zoning.


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May 1, 2004
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American Planning Association

About the Authors

David Rouse, FAICP
David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA is the Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads the Planning Advisory Service, sponsored research programs (inlcuding Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health), and special initiatives such as the Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan Standards and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to joining APA, David was a principal at the firm Wallace Roberts & Todd in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a registered landscape architect with nearly 40 years of experience in community planning, design, and applied research.

Nancy Zobl