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Code Studio was founded to focus on quality place-making strategies - moving plans from imagination to implementation in communities across the country.


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 »

Raleigh, North Carolina

Unified Development Ordinance

In November 2009, Raleigh adopted their 2030 Comprehensive Plan, updating and replacing the 1989 Comprehensive Plan. As a direct implementation step, Code Studio drafted a new unified development ordinance (UDO). Learn more »

Glenview, Illinois

Milwaukee Avenue Corridor Plan

Code Studio led a team of consultants in the preparation of a corridor plan for Milwaukee Avenue for the Village of Glenview. Using a public participation charrette, the team generated a new future land use concept for the sites adjacent to the corridor. Learn more »

Simsbury, Connecticut

Town Center Form-Based Code

In an effort to stimulate development activity in their town center, the Town of Simsbury hired Code Studio to prepare an illustrative master plan and associated form-based code for the Simsbury Center.  A very successful public participation design charrette was held in September 2009.  Learn more »

Code Studio led a consultant team to prepare a Town Plan for Jena. The town’s historic character and small-town feel; the region’s scenic beauty; its timber, oil and gas resources all contribute to its long-term attractiveness. Learn more »

Memphis, Tennessee

Broad Avenue Planning Initiative

On behalf of the Memphis/Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, Code Studio and Ferrell Madden undertook a seven-day intensive public participation design charrette intended to elicit a vision for the area, create an illustrative master plan, and eventually implement that plan with a new code for the area. Learn more »