Monday, January 4, 2010

The SmartCode and Land Use Regulation...

Here in Montgomery, we've adopted a customized version of the SmartCode as the primary land use regulation for certain parts of the jurisdiction.  You can read more about the SmartCode here and here.

The SmartCode is both a form-based and a transect-based land use code.  However, rather than focus primarily on block, building and lot uses, it first focuses on the "form" or dimensional aspects of the block, lot and the structures on the lot.

I mention all of this because our local paper, the Montgomery Advertiser, ran a nice article on the SmartCode in Montgomery this past Sunday.  Part of the article discusses some of the legal aspects of Montgomery's code:

When passed, Smart Codes replaced the existing ordinances adopted in 1964 that required single uses for buildings, Groves said. Now a dentist can work in a downtown building and live above his office. "We can have dual compatible uses for buildings," Groves said.

--Chad Emerson, Faulkner U.

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Chad is too modest-- he helped draft the ordinance!

Posted by: Matt Festa | Jan 4, 2010 2:46:38 PM