Land Development Codes
Zoning and subdivision regulations are the rules that guide development. Sometimes, though, they are also the rules that stop development. When the code doesn’t match the plan, doesn’t have the right standards or processes for mixed-use or form-based development, or simply doesn’t cover an important subject, our planners have the right zoning and subdivision experience to provide the fix that your code needs.
CodeFix: Tackling Small Problems the Right Way
For any number of reasons, many communities are reluctant to make changes to the structure and content of their current land development regulations. When a new issue comes along, a stand-alone “fix” gets tacked on to the current regulations, but not integrated within the regulatory structure. Over time, the regulations become more complex and more conflicting, and the community is required to invest in a regulatory rewrite and update. SAFEbuilt Studio’s CodeFix service allows us to work with your community to more comprehensively address smaller or specific issues and integrate those solutions into the current regulations long before you get to that code overhaul in the future. Working with your staff, we will identify the extent of the problem, draft a regulatory update, and present you with an ordinance and accompanying public presentation to take through the adoption process.
Our staff is also available to help create regulations for topics that are new to your community. Whether you want to establish downtown design standards, regulations for tiny homes, or requirements for sustainable site development practices, we can do that. We work with your community to identify best regulatory and procedural practices regionally and nationally, identify and create a community outreach process to gather input and feedback, draft (and redraft) the new regulations, and participate in the adoption process.
Full Land Development
Code Rewrites and Updates
While good land development codes should be kept up-to-date to improve their longevity, all codes eventually reach a point when rewriting is more efficient and productive than ongoing maintenance. Our people have the years of knowledge and experience that you need to assist your community through this process from start to finish. Traditional zoning codes, form-based codes, subdivision regulations, and unified development codes—we’ve worked across all land development code formats and platforms, and we bring that background with us for each new project we tackle.
iZone™| Interactive Zoning
SAFEbuilt Studio’s iZone is a digital, interactive zoning tool that brings “user-friendly” to a whole new level. With iZone, ordinances are digitally interactive, and cross-referencing is as easy as a mouse click. In-text links, icons, and buttons create a web-based zoning ordinance browsing experience that feels intuitive and clean. Plus, distinctive colors, tables, and graphics add to the comfort level and simplicity for any and every user.
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