I'm living in a town of less that 9,000 people by the ocean. It's a great town, but it's become obvious that the Planning Board is not even trying to follow its Euclidean Zoning Map--which is admittedly too simple and restrictive, anyway. The old map is somewhat out of date, and efforts to update it have been followed by developers wanting (and getting) to completely ignore what isn't really a realistic map to begin with.
I've been reading, recently, about Form Based Codes, which are, among other things, much shorter and easier for the non-professional to understand. The problem is that every paper on Form Based Zoning warns that it can be difficult to implement and administer. Worse, it seems targeted only at urban areas, leaving me wondering if it's really a viable option for my town. I really like the idea of incorporating FBC's into the town's long term plan, but I'm not sure if this is too much for a small town.
Our town has few residents, but has a enough commercial development and big box stores for a city of 40,000 people.