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Los Angeles, California

Zoning Code Update

The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning has embarked on one of the City’s largest planning initiatives to date: a comprehensive revision of the City’s Zoning Code. The current Zoning Code was first adopted in 1946, and has grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a 600+ page book that does not reflect the City’s 21st Century needs or vision. Learn more »

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Downtown Neighborhoods Form-Based Code

The City of Chattanooga has embraced planning innovation for many years, with its successful downtown and riverfront revitalization. At the same time, the five neighborhoods that make up the Downtown area (North Shore, Riverfront, City Center, M.L. King and Southside) have dated regulations that do not accommodate the kind of future development envisioned by the City. Learn more »

Denver, Colorado

Zoning Code Update

Code Studio was the lead drafter of Denver’s recently adopted Zoning Code update. Denver needed a new zoning code to support a growing economy, a sustainable environment and a high quality of life. Denver citizens called for reform of the Zoning Code in the 1989 Comprehensive Plan and Comprehensive Plan 2000.  Learn more »

Jackson/Teton County, Wyoming

Land Development Regulations

On behalf of the Town of Jackson and Teton County, Code Studio prepared a reformat and reorganization of the Town/County land development regulations to improve its usability and functionality. With significant support from the Town/County staff, the firm has completed a review draft of the full code. Learn more »

Asheville, North Carolina

Haywood Road Form-Based Code

The City of Asheville recently funded a pilot project to prepare the City’s first charrette-driven form-based code. Haywood Road in West Asheville was selected as the most appropriate place for this first code. The market had recently revitalized many of the existing buildings in the corridor, and it was expected that future new development activity would follow. Learn more »

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Midtown Master Plan and Code

Code Studio, in coordination with Cooper Consulting, prepared a master plan for Midtown area of Hattiesburg, followed by a new form-based code implementing the plan. Learn more »

Roswell, Georgia

Unified Development Code

In October 2011, Roswell adopted their 2030 Comprehensive Plan which described Roswell’s future as a community of choice to live, work and visit. The 2030 Comprehensive plan calls for revitalizing areas in decline, providing additional housing options, and reconciling conflicting rules to attract quality projects. Learn more »

Cincinnati, Ohio

Land Development Code

Code Studio worked with a team of consultants managed by the City of Cincinnati to prepare a Land Development Code. The City is the recipient of a HUD planning grant that is funding the Plan Build Live Cincinnati initiative. Learn more »

On behalf of the Town of Malta, Code Studio prepared a form-based code for the downtown area. Based on a charrette held to refine the downtown master plan, Code Studio, in conjunction with Ted Brovitz and Fuss & O’Neill, prepared new building form standards and a complete streets plan. Learn more »

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Ephesus Church/Fordham Form-Based Code

Code Studio recently prepared the Town’s first form-based code, for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area. This code implements a previously-adopted small area plan. Learn more »