I just had a fairly-lengthy discussion with a planning consultant who is working on a Transit-Oriented Development Overlay District and who was telling me yesterday that her firm does not like form-based codes, principally because, in her words, "all developers hate them."
She specifically cited a new T.O.D. plan around a proposed L.A. Metro Gold Line station in Montclair, California where a developer who wanted to take a carbon copy of a three-story development he built elsewhere and plop it into that station decided against doing so because the form-based codes wouldn't allow him to exploit the economies of scale of such cloning.
I was nonplused, myself, because I am really not comfortable with only instituting development standards. The city has some visionary and progressive public officials who really do want to see good design. So, which one of us is right, and how should the city proceed?