Form-Based Code (FBC)

The Design Lansing Comprehensive Plan vision is for Lansing to become the premier Midwest city - a city of which Michigan residents are very proud, that is globally recognized and sought out by entrepreneurs, new residents and travelers.

About Form-Based Code

A form-based code (FBC) is a zoning approach that focuses less on a building's use, and more on its form and appearance. Unlike traditional zoning, it addresses the relationship between buildings and the street, the form and mass of buildings in relationship to one another, the pattern of blocks and streets and the location and type of public spaces.  The form-based code was strongly recommended in the Comprehensive Plan as the most effective way to achieve the urban form envisioned by the Lansing citizens. 

The FBC project is now nearing completion.  The Planning Board will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed FBC ordinance on Tuesday, October 4, and again on Tuesday, November 1 (FBC Public Notice ad.pdf).