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Bradenton Zoning to Switch to "Form-Based Codes"

Press Release

Published Saturday, September 11, 2010 2:00 am
City of Bradenton announces series of Form-Based Code workshops

The City of Bradenton is pleased to announce a five-day community design workshop to create a form-based code for Bradenton’s three CRA areas and two adjacent areas of Point Pleasant and Old Manatee Village.

Starting on Saturday, September 25th, 2010, Bradenton residents, City staff, and a team of design professionals will work together to create a form-based code for the future of Bradenton’s CRA and adjacent areas. The workshop will be lead by Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning, Karin Murphy Planning and Consulting, and Hall Planning & Engineering.

Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston will host a press conference at 11 a.m. this Thursday in his office on the second floor of City Hall, 101 Old Main St., to formally announce the kick off of the Form-Based Code workshops.

WHAT IS A FORM-BASED CODE?

Definition of a Form-Based Code according to the Form-Based Codes Institute

Form-based codes foster 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. These codes are adopted into city or county law as regulations, not mere guidelines. Form-based codes are an alternative to conventional zoning.

Conventional zoning techniques predominantly control land use, which can result in very different physical environments. The root principle of form-based coding is that design is more important than land use. This does not mean that land use is ignored in form-based codes, but rather it is regulated using broader parameters that can better respond to local conditions, while also restricting the locations of certain undesirable combinations of uses. By being prescriptive and defining the desired urban form rather than simply outlawing undesirable elements, form-based codes can deliver predictable, desirable physical results.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Saturday, September 25th - Community Kick-off Presentation & Hands-On Session

Location: Bradenton Municipal Auditorium

Bradenton City Centre

1005 Barcarrota Blvd.

Bradenton, FL 34205

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A Community Kick-off Presentation will introduce the Dover-Kohl team and mark the official start of the public portion of the workshop. The event will feature a “food for thought” presentation to educate participants on form-based codes and their role in enhancing community character and in creating walkable, multi-modal urbanism. The

“food for thought” presentation will be immediately followed by a Hands-on Design Session. During the Hands-on Design Session community residents, stakeholders, and City officials will work together to help shape the form-based code for Bradenton’s CRA and adjacent areas.

Sunday – Tuesday, September 26th – 28th - Open Design Studio

Location: Bradenton Municipal Auditorium

Bradenton City Centre

1005 Barcarrota Blvd.

Bradenton, FL 34205

Time: Sunday, September 26th 1:00 pm – 7:00pm

Monday, September 27th 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 28th 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

The design team will work on-site creating the form-based code, regulating plan, and illustrations. The City and design team will invite the community to offer continual input and monitor the work-in-progress. Members of the community and all those interested in the future of the CRA and adjacent areas are invited to stop by the design studio from Sunday, September 26th until Tuesday, September 28th.

Tuesday, September 28th - Open House

Location: Bradenton Municipal Auditorium

Bradenton City Centre

1005 Barcarrota Blvd.

Bradenton, FL 34205

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

At the end of the workshop, the design team will invite the community to view a draft of the form-based code and the drawings and regulations produced during the workshop.

Wednesday, November 3rd - Work-in-Progress Presentation at Council Workshop

Location: Auditorium Conference Room, City of Bradenton, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34205

Time: 8:30 am

On November 3, 2010, approximately one month after the end of the September 25th-28th public workshop, the planning team will return to Bradenton to present a draft of the Form-Based Code for the CRA and adjacent areas to the City Council. Following this presentation, the planning team will consider comments and edits suggested by the Council, city staff, stakeholders, and residents and will refine the code based on these comments and subsequent meetings in the following weeks and months. This will lead to adoption hearings to be scheduled for 2011.
 
WHO?

Dover, Kohl & Partners is a leading town planning firm focused on revitalizing traditional towns and maximizing community involvement throughout the planning process. Dover-Kohl has led numerous planning efforts including the downtown master plan for Montgomery, Alabama; a post-Katrina community charrette for Ocean Springs, Mississippi; revitalization in Hercules, California; and waterfront development in Jupiter, Florida. The firm’s work has been featured in Progressive Architecture, Urban Land, Metropolitan Home, and featured on National Public Radio, CNN, and in BusinessWeek. Dover-Kohl projects have also been profiled in The New Urbanism by Peter Katz, Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones, Form-Based Codes by Dan and Karen Parolek, Rural by Design by Randall Arendt, and Sustainable Urbanism by Douglas Farr. Founding partners Victor Dover and Joseph Kohl have published a number of professional articles and are members of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Dover, Kohl & Partners is based in Coral Gables, Florida.

For more information, please contact:

Timothy Polk, Director

Planning and Community Development

City of Bradenton

Phone: 941-932-9408

timothy.polk@cityofbradenton.com

Andrew Georgiadis

Dover, Kohl & Partners

305-666-0446

ageorgiadis@doverkohl.com

www.doverkohl.com

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