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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.

North Carolina

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 »

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 »

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 »

Charlotte, North Carolina

Urban Street Design Guidelines

Code Studio worked with the Charlotte Department of Transportation to implement the Urban Street Design Guidelines (USDG) through changes to zoning and subdivision codes. Learn more »