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    What is the difference between form-based codes and smart codes?

    What is the difference between form-based code and smart code? Like smart code is a subtype of a form-base code?

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    Yes, The SmartCode is an example of a form-based code and the only one I know of that's available "off the shelf" (although it should be "calibrated" first, i.e., altered to fit local practices).

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    Yes, Smart Code is New Urbanist Andres Duany's patented form-based code. It is a template, modifiable to a variety of specific conditions.

    http://www.tndtownpaper.com/Volume5/smartcode.htm

    Form-based codes are zoning ordinances that focus on the form, scale, massing and placement of buildings rather than allowable uses (which you probably know). Often these are also "mixed-use" settings where land use is not restricted to a particular type (within those allowable by the code - not heavy manufacturing next to a residence, for example). Thus a particular lot could have a house, a commercial business, or a combination of both.

    Form-based codes are also often graphic in nature (showing lot sizes, setbacks, massing, etc.), with little regulatory language.

    I actually like the form-based code approach (especially their graphic nature), although I think that adhering too stringently to New Urbanist principles of town design does not necessarily mean a place will be "better."
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