Form-based code is a regulation of land use and development with a focus on the character and physical form of an area rather than the use of the buildings and separating uses. The code considers the visual impact of buildings, parking and the public space such as sidewalks and streets. Greater emphasis is placed on character, building features and the public spaces rather than traditional zonings emphasis on use of buildings. A form-based code is a regulation, not a mere guideline, adopted into city or town law.
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