The Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Form-Based Code Advisory Committee have developed a manual and a template code with the help of a consultant, Farr Associates. This manual/template focuses on the types of centers and corridors identified in the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision.
Using the Manual & Template
The manual provides step by step guidance on how to create a Form-Based Code using the template to meet the community's needs. The manual/template code becomes part of a toolbox of resources that will be easily transferable to most communities in Utah and across the United States.
The manual/template presents a process for individual community decision making about how to create a center. It is not an "off the shelf" model code where all you need to do is change the name on the cover. Form Based Codes take time and effort as they are a process that needs to be catered to the specific place.. This manual/template is intended to guide a community through that process, in a simple way that allows the community to move step by step from beginning to end, on their own.
The StreetPlan tool, a web-based, real-time street design tool, can also be utlized in this process when addressing blocks and streets.
The manual/template is not a theoretical exercise. It has been applied in 3 communities, the communities of Magna (unincorporated), South Salt Lake, and the west Millcreek area of Salt Lake County. The application of the manual/template has been about a 6 month process in each area. It has resulted in an excellent discussion of the FBC components that when brought together create a complete center. That process revealed some changes that were needed to the manual/template and it was revised accordingly. We hope you find this version of the Utah FBC manual/template to be, at its' best a new way to think about creating a place through zoning, or at the very least a beneficial tool that you can use to help upgrade your current code.
The Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision suggests that compact walkable communities near transit are the best places to capture a significant portion of the projected population growth while allowing many existing neighborhoods to remain as they are. The Wasatch Front already has an excellent transit system that is being expanded every year. Unfortunately, significant growth around transit stations has been the exception and not the norm. Transit oriented development (TOD) should be creating exciting places for people to live, work, and recreate. Form-based codes can help ensure that the vision for each center is more efficiently achieved.