Cincinnati to debut form-based code implementation strategy

The City of Cincinnati will present its recommended strategy for implementing form-based codes at a special Planning Commission meeting on Friday, April 30 at 9am.

Form-based codes are two years in the making in Cincinnati where officials have met with communities around the country that have successfully implemented form-based codes of their own. Locally, the City of Bellevue, KY has finished the public involvement portion of their form-based code development process and is now moving towards adoption of the non-conventional zoning practice.

Cincinnati’s implementation strategy will detail how form-based codes can be incorporated into the existing Cincinnati zoning code while also developing a process for creating and applying them throughout city neighborhoods.

This strategy has been developed through a collaborative effort between the City, Opitcos Design and Lisa Wise Consulting over the past four months. In 2008, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Councilmember Laketa Cole introduced a motion directing the administration to develop such a plan. Stakeholders have been meeting month since that time and are now getting closer to implementing a form-based code in one of the largest cities nationwide to date.

The special Planning Commission meeting being held on Friday, April 30 will be held from 9am to 11am at Two Centennial Plaza (J. Martin Griesel Room, 7th Floor) in downtown Cincinnati (map). Free bicycle parking is available nearby and the site is served by Metro (plan your trip). Cash parking garages and on-street parking is available nearby for automobiles.

  • BKeller

    Is the plan to implement FBCs throughout Cincinnati all at once or are they planning to try it in several neighborhoods and expand to the rest of the city afterwards?

    Also, this sounds like a fantastic idea. I don't know how anyone can be against lowering the time it takes to approve new developments. Sounds like simplifying government while making it more effective. Sign me up.

  • Randy Simes

    My understanding is that the plan is to implement form-based codes in several neighborhoods around Cincinnati. This would eventually be expanded from there.

    Form-based codes require a lot of community involvement and engagement upfront, so there has to be the will in that community to make it happen it if the new code is to be successful. I'm not sure if the entire city will eventually have form-based codes, but I would venture to say not.