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Form-based zoning the topic at meeting

PlanCharlotte, part of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, is hosting a community conversation about form-based zoning codes at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the UNC Charlotte Center City building.

“Form-based codes are tools communities and developers can use to create the kind of walkable urban neighborhoods that are most in demand in today’s market,” said David Walters, professor emeritus of urban design at the university, in an interview with PlanCharlotte. “Much more than conventional single-use zoning, they focus on the public spaces between buildings – streets, parks, plazas, boulevards, etc.”

The city of Charlotte’s Planning Department is about to start a multiyear rewrite of the city-county zoning ordinance, and are considering incorporating a form-based code. The community conversation will help educate attendees about form-based codes, and will feature speakers from around the country who are known for their expertise in urban development, including Walters.

Form-based codes would allow for the kind of pedestrian- and transit-oriented developments that were once common in the U.S., in such area as Charleston, S.C., and Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, according to the release.

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