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Ithaca Form-Based Code Demonstration Study, by STREAM Collaborative and Randall + West, September 2013, Ithaca, New York

Ithaca Form-Based Code Demonstration Study, by STREAM Collaborative and Randall + West, September 2013, Ithaca, New York

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The purpose of this project is to provide training in the use and establishment of a form-based code for a study area bridging the City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca. The resulting code calibration can also be applied elsewhere within the region. By developing a base model SmartCode, we hope municipalities will be able to achieve key shared sustainability goals and that efficiency and transparency will be improved by having a coordinated land use regulatory framework that is consistent from one municipality to another.

Form-based code is regulation for shaping development that reflects the intentions for the physical form and character of a community. Advantages of moving to a form-based code include clearer and more consistent regulations that are explained graphically and can be
easily understood by most citizens; more specific requirements for development that reflect community vision; and a streamlined review process that gives good development more predictable and timely approval while providing clear rationale for reviewing variance requests.
The purpose of this project is to provide training in the use and establishment of a form-based code for a study area bridging the City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca. The resulting code calibration can also be applied elsewhere within the region. By developing a base model SmartCode, we hope municipalities will be able to achieve key shared sustainability goals and that efficiency and transparency will be improved by having a coordinated land use regulatory framework that is consistent from one municipality to another.

Form-based code is regulation for shaping development that reflects the intentions for the physical form and character of a community. Advantages of moving to a form-based code include clearer and more consistent regulations that are explained graphically and can be
easily understood by most citizens; more specific requirements for development that reflect community vision; and a streamlined review process that gives good development more predictable and timely approval while providing clear rationale for reviewing variance requests.

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FORM-BASED CODE DEMONSTRATION STUDY
Town and City of Ithaca, New York
September 2013
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Special thanks to the steering committee:Ed Marx, Commissioner o Planning, ompkins County  Joan Jurkowich, Deputy Commissioner o Planning, ompkins County Herb Engman, Supervisor, own o Ithaca Bill Goodman, Deputy Supervisor, own o Ithaca Sue Ritter, Director o Planning, own o Ithaca Dan asman, Senior Planner, own o Ithaca Rich DePaolo, Chair, Planning Committee, own o Ithaca Svante Myrick, Mayor, City o Ithaca  JoAnn Cornish, Director o Planning & Development, City o Ithaca Seph Murtagh, Chair, Common Council Planning & Economic DevelopmentCommittee, City o Ithaca 
Project Team
This report was funded by the Town of Ithacawith a matching a grant from Tompkins County 
Noah Demarest, RA, RLA, LEED AP, SREAM CollaborativeC.J. Randall, Randall + WestDavid West, LEED AP, Randall + West
Professional Advisors
Rob Steuteville, Editor and Publisher, Better! Cities & ownsPike Oliver, Director and reasurer, Center or Natural Lands Management Jessica Millman, Te Agora Group
Acknowledgements

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