The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism (MiCNU), has developed a guidebook on the use of form-based codes. This 7-step book is filled with information to prepare communities to move toward adopting a form-based code. The book is available in a digital web-based, or full-color hardcopy version. A form-based code is an alternative to conventional zoning code and is baed on the type of development a community envisions and desires with a focus on the physical form of a building and how it relates to the street and adjacent buildings. With physical design and walkability a important asset of 21st century communities, several Michigan communities have either moved to or are looking at a form-based code system in an effort to create a more attractive, walkable environment.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail