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Form-Based Code draft now available on City’s website

Post Date:10/02/2018 9:17 AM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988


Sarasota, FL:  A draft of the City of Sarasota’s new Form-Based Code has been completed and is now available for review on the City’s website,

The draft was completed by the Urban Design Studio, which was established by the City Commission to work with citizens and stakeholders to create a City-wide code that would replace the current zoning code.

DavidColorHiResA Form-Based Code is a modern response to the challenges of urban sprawl, deterioration of historic neighborhoods and the need for safe and efficient multi-modal transportation options for pedestrians and cyclists. It is a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form, rather than separation of uses, as the organizing principle for the code. 

The Form-Based Code includes zone districts, known as transects, that address the relationship between building facades and public spaces such as roads and 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 easy-to-understand words, diagrams and other graphics. The code incorporates specific elements within the public realm, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, transit, on-street parking and street trees. 

City staff will be reviewing the draft of the Form-Based Code over the course of the next three months. During that time, citizens can submit questions or comments regarding the technical information contained in the draft by contacting Planner Briana Dobbs at For questions about the processing and future implementation of the draft, email Planning Director Steve Cover at A schedule for community workshops, public meetings, and hearings will be forthcoming.


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