Thursday, April 26, 2012

Five-day form-based code charrette begins Saturday

A five-day city-wide charrette to develop form-based codes for Cincinnati begins on Saturday, and you're invited.

Since 2008, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls has been working with neighborhoods throughout the City to replace the City's traditional, land use-based zoning with a visually-based code based that examines the relationships between building form , surrounding buildings, and the street.

Form-based codes are considered to speed up the development process by making the permitting and approval process easier for developers. They won't be applied city-wide, but are attractive to neighborhoods that want to create, enhance, or maintain a mixed-use, walkable urban design.

College Hill, Madisonville, Walnut Hills and Westwood are among the neighborhoods interested in applying form-based codes to their neighborhoods.

The multi-day visioning process will allow residents, business owners, employees, developers, design professionals and other interested citizens to meet with the professional consultant team that's writing and illustrating the form-based code.

A 45-minute kickoff session will be offered at both 10 A.M. and at 2 P.M. on Saturday at Two Centennial Plaza, 805 Central Avenue, on the fourth floor.

Open studio hours will be held between 10 A.M. and 7 P.M. on Monday through Wednesday, during which interested parties can review the consultants' work and offer input.

Monday at noon, a "brown bag" lunch will present Complete Streets concepts. At 6 P.M., a "mid-way" update will be given on the consultants' progress.

Tuesday at noon, a second "brown bag" lunch will cover urban retail.

Wednesday's "brown bag" lunch will cover City economics. That evening at 6 P.M., the final results of the five-day charrette will be presented.

The Plan Build Live initiative is being funded by a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development, awarded in 2010.

Bellevue became the first regional municipality to adopt form-based codes in March 2011.

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Previous reading on BC:
Overhaul of Cincinnati development code ramps up today (3/6/12)
Bellevue first local municipality to adopt form-based codes (3/21/11)
Preferred alternative for Cincinnati form-based codes discussed (5/3/10)
'Pin ups', presentation show how Bellevue can build on historic fabric (3/29/10)
Cincinnati form-based code initiative moves forward (2/5/09)