Form-Based Codes Institute, a program of Smart Growth America

announcing winners of 2019 driehaus form-based codes award

The Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) at Smart Growth America is pleased to announce the winners of the 11th annual Richard H. Driehaus Form-Based Code Award: The Buffalo Green Code of Buffalo, New York and the Lafayette Downtown Code of Lafayette, Louisiana. This year’s honorable mention is the Canton Village Districts Code of Canton, Connecticut.  

The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award is awarded by FBCI with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. 

“Identifying, encouraging, and celebrating a sense of place has been a guiding force of my philanthropy for nearly three decades. By going back to a time-honored notion of coding to make a community livable by integrating form and purpose, these winners have both beautified and enlivened their cities,” said Richard H. Driehaus.

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These three local zoning codes—from very different communities—show that form-based codes are being adopted to retain the unique character that residents cherish and encourage predictable, walkable development that supports all of life’s daily needs. The winners represent the versatility common to form-based codes—a downtown, suburban commercial corridor, and entire city—all with the intent to create special places where people live, work, play, and visit. In every region, at every scale, communities are turning to form-based codes to ensure that anybody, no matter who they are or where they live, can enjoy great places.

Read the full announcment to learn more about each of the codes. 

Top image: Town of Canton