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dc.contributor.authorSharp, Jeremy E.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe form-based code has emerged only recently as an alternative to the traditional Euclidean zoning method. This new method was originally created as a part of the landmark Seaside, FL new town of the 1980s that was one of the first projects to display the ideas of the emerging New Urbanist movement. This earliest version of the form-based code established the form and structure that would remain largely intact in all future implementations of the concept. Most importantly, though, the Seaside code established the idea that form is more important than function when designing a community. Since the time of Seaside, the form-based code has been utilized for many projects, evolving from a tool used entirely for rural new towns to a method that was applicable to existing communities as well. These new applications, most notably in South Miami, FL and Arlington, VA, show that the form-based concept can be used for the revitalization of a community by establishing a form-based overlay district and providing incentives to encourage development based on the form-based code. This paper examines the effectiveness of the form-based code in such an environment, namely in a portion of the town of Blacksburg, VA. This is accomplished by comparing the potential effectiveness of the existing Blacksburg zoning ordinance against that of a form-based code for implementing the goals of the town's comprehensive plan. The potential benefits and shortcomings of each method are discussed and a recommendation is made for how the town should proceed.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectland use planningen_US
dc.subjectForm-based codeen_US
dc.subjecturban designen_US
dc.subjectNew Urbanismen_US
dc.titleAn Examination of the Form-Based Code and its Application to the Town of Blacksburgen_US
dc.typeMajor paperen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUrban Affairs and Planningen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Urban and Regional Planningen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Urban and Regional Planningen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineUrban Affairs and Planningen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairZahm, Diane L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRichardson, Jesse J.en_US

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