What is Form-Based Code?

A “form-based” code is a set of adopted rules that determine how a city, town, or neighborhood should look and feel. Unlike a typical zoning ordinance, a form-based code emphasizes the importance of building types, shapes, and materials more than how a building would be used. A form-based code places a higher priority on a building’s appearance than its function. The purpose of a form-based code is to create an attractive environment that preserves and promotes a community’s character.

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1. What is a Zoning Ordinance?
2. What is Form-Based Code?
3. What happened at the charrettes last year?
4. What other Indiana cities/towns are using a community-wide Form Based Zoning Ordinance?
5. Proposed zoning shows my land as “N-2 Neighborhood 2." Can I have a food truck?
6. Proposed zoning shows my land as “N-1 Neighborhood 1." Can I continue to farm my land?
7. Can I park my daily commuting car/truck (work vehicle) in my driveway?
8. Why is the Town working to implement a new zoning code?
9. How will the Town handle having two codes running simultaneously?
10. What is the transition plan for rural to urban services?
11. How has the Town considered the desire of the community in these decisions?
12. Are the Town's regulations for Noise, Drainage & Stormwater being updated or affected by Form-based Code?
13. Section 3.17 - PUD - no buffering requirements are included in this section. We believe this is something important to add.
14. Invasive species (page 225-226) - how will this be handled?