I am working for a (conservative) County government and am researching mixed use zone districts and form based codes. There are several highly urbanized but blighted commercial centers that could be good candidates for form based (or hybrid code) redevelopment.
My question is – I have read plenty of accolades regarding form based codes and hybrid codes. For those who are actually trying to use them, what criticisms do you have? How do DEVELOPERS like them? Are they really as much of a panacea as they are claimed to be? I have NO CHANCE of the idea being entertained unless the benefits to builders outweigh the drawbacks.