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What is a "Form-Based Code?" A "Form-Based Code" is a method of regulating development to achieve a specific urban form, with a lesser focus on land use. Form-based codes address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. The regulations and standards in Form-based codes are presented in both diagrams and text and keyed to a regulating plan. (Paraphrased from the Form Based Code Institute Website.) "Site Design Guidelines" are similar in that they seek to achieve a specific settlement pattern and urban form (as expressed by a community's vision for future development.) Unlike form-based codes, guidelines are not mandatory, but advisory.

Sample Files of a Form Based Code Project (downloadable PDF files)
Cover and Table of Contents
Section 1. Introduction
Section 2. Regulating Plan
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—Fold Out Tables (1.5MB)
Section 3. Public Space Standards (2.5MB)
Section 4. Building Envelope Standards (5.9MB)
Section 5. Land Use and Parking
Section 6. Administration
Section 7. Appendices