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Form-Based Code

The Design Lansing 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.

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 FBC project is a multi-year effort to incorporate placemaking into the zoning ordinance. Phase I concentrates on institutional buildings and neighborhood commercial districts, while Phase II will address residential and commercial corridors.

The Form-Based Code project was strongly recommended in the Comprehensive Plan as the most effective way to achieve the urban form envisioned by the Lansing citizens. As envisioned, the FBC will include standards for such factors as "walkability", transit orientation, bicycle "friendliness"

FBC Project Newsletters

#1 – February 28, 2013

Public Meetings


Workshop #1 – March 20, 2013
The first FBC workshop was held on March 20, 2013 at the Foster Community Center, 200 N. Foster. Attached are the PowerPoint presentation and meeting notes.
PowerPoint Presentation
Meeting Notes

Workshop #2 – October 2, 2013
The second FBC workshop was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the McLaren Education Center, 401 W. Greenlawn Ave. Attached are the PowerPoint presentation and meeting notes.
PowerPoint Presentation
Meeting Notes

Workshop #3 - May 8, 2014
The third FBC workshop was held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Foster Community Center, 200 N. Foster
Powerpoint Presentation
Meeting Notes 

Bill Rieske
Assistant Planning Manager
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