This is one of the cleverest visuals I’ve seen over the years to draw awareness to a project!
I believe this was in Calistoga, CA
The City of Sarasota is finally working to update and improve the existing zoning code. To accomplish this, they are looking to use form-based code. The Urban Design Studio, a newly formed department in the City of Sarasota has been charged with the task. This modernization of Sarasota’s code can have positive effects on the future development of the Laurel Park National Register Historic District and the entire area known as Laurel Park, currently zoned RSM-9.
So what is Form-Based Code?
The Urban Design Studio defines it as:
A form-based code (FBC) and its districts are different than conventional zoning. Conventional zoning designates permitted uses of land based on mapped zones which separate one set of land uses from another, and while it separates uses it is difficult to determine what the built environment or community will look like upon build out. A Form-based code fosters predict-able buildings and high-quality public spaces by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. The zone districts or Transects are regulations, not mere guidelines, adopted into city or county law. Form-based codes address the relationship between building facades and public spaces such as parks, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. The regulations and standards in form-based codes are presented in words and clearly drawn diagrams, metrics and other graphics.
Interestingly, in 2007 Sarasota County Commissioners voted to add form-based code to the county’s zoning as an option for mixed-use and commercial development. According to Sarasota County’s website:
Old Sanborn Map – portion of today’s Laurel Park
In older neighborhoods such as Laurel Park where the history of development spans decades with no one code applied throughout, the flexibility of form-based code makes terrific sense.
Laurel Park is a neighborhood where:
There is a wealth of information to quickly understand how form-based code works and can be applied. The Form-Based Codes Institute is an obvious and a tremendous resource for information:
More information is available in these articles:
Dialing-in your zoning to fit your community by Tony Perez
Why design guidelines on their own don’t work by Kaizer Rangwala
Finding the right path through design review by Kaizer Rangwala
I posted this awhile back and I am bringing it forward to add an update………….
Last week a judge ruled on the controversial case of a modern house in the historic Raleigh, NC neighborhood of Oakwood.
Read the judges decision in the News & Observer .
Photo – courtesy of the News & Observer
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“…The evolution of architecture hasn’t ended, and that’s why preservation professionals strongly support integrating “modern” design into historic districts………the richness of the layers will continue to appreciate as our own generation adds to the mix while respecting what went before.” Myrick Howard
Here is a great article by a well regarded preservation professional as to why modern architecture is both welcome and “fits” in our historic districts: Oakwood controversy over ‘contemporary’ house disturbing on many levels
“Raleigh’s historic districts were built over a period of decades – house-by-house, owner-by-owner. Unlike modern subdivisions, they contain numerous styles and sizes, and it is this richness that gives them their character. They are mosaics, made up of many distinctive parts. No one style predominates, so it makes no sense whatsoever to prescribe stylistic limitations.” Myrick Howard
Raleigh’s Oakwood Historic District has the distinction of being both a National Register District and a locally designated district. Laurel Park is only a National Register District. The districts are similar in that they have no one year of significance or style of architecture. Development of the Laurel Park neighborhood began at the turn of the twentieth century, flourished in the 1920’s and experienced another “growth spurt” in the 40’s and early 50’s. The district is generally associated with events that were important to the early development of Sarasota from 1920-1957. The architectural styles are all over the place.
The lack of understanding of historic preservation has led some Laurel Park residents to believe that replicating the architectural style, maintaining a vintage, historic appearance is necessary to the preservation of a district. This tells me that preservation professionals and advocates need to do a better job of educating our community. Some of Laurel Park’s best new homes are those that define this decade in time by introducing architectural diversity into the fabric of the neighborhood.
“The two most common parking-related mistakes communities make in promoting New Urbanism are not providing sufficient on-street parking in downtown areas and not charging enough for the parking they do provide. It can be tempting to limit the bulk of parking to satellite facilities in an effort to encourage drivers to park and walk to their ultimate destinations. The problem with this approach is that drivers will often circle areas with limited on-street parking, searching for open spaces or spaces that are about to open. This can actually increase roadway congestion and create hazards for pedestrians who are forced to avoid circling vehicles.”
“A better approach is to provide sufficient parking to meet on-street demand, and to charge a premium for that parking, while charging less at nearby satellite facilities. Read more…….
Better Cities & Towns published this article by John Dorsett, a certified planner and principal with Walker Parking Consultants in the May 2014 issue.
From the National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab…………
“Corridors with smaller, older buildings generally perform better for the local economy than areas with newer buildings that might stretch an entire block. Older buildings become magnets for young people and retirees alike……..”
“People want to be where there is an interesting and exciting mix of the old and new……Now we have all of this data to back up what i think preservationists and planners have sort of known for decades.” Michael Powe, Urban planner.
Laurel Park in 1920 was mostly undeveloped land. John Hamilton Gillespie’s home, Roseburn stood alone on Morrill Street. A few vernacular frame homes were scattered among the streets. The newly formed Sarasota County housed their administrative offices and court house on Oak Street in the 20’s but it was not until the mid 1920’s that construction truly escalated in the neighborhood.
In 1920 Sarasota’s leaders saw their tax dollars going to Manatee County with little return to Sarasota. A movement was afoot to break from Manatee and form Sarasota County. To the dismay of Venice, the City of Sarasota was chosen as the county seat.
Read Jeff LaHurd’s latest article .