City Planning

Cincinnati Form-Based Code Approved by City Council

May. 10

Plan Build Live

Cincinnati Form-Based Code

The text amendment for the Cincinnati Form-Based Code was officially approved by City Council on May 8, 2013.  The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after that approval date.  The document can be downloaded by clicking: Cincinnati Form-Based Code.


The process of developing our Form-Based Code has been underway for over four years now.  The Form-Based Code Working Group, comprised of neighborhood leaders, organizations, City staff, and guided by Vice Mayor Qualls, has been diligently meeting and working in the development of the Code. 


City Planning staff has been able to use part of the $2.4 million grant received from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to hire a comprehensive consulting team to help in the process and development of the Cincinnati Form-Based Code. 


A City-wide Charrette was held in April and May of 2012 to include the public and all Cincinnati neighborhoods in the process.  City Planning staff received a public review draft of the document in September of 2012.  A special public hearing before the City Planning Commission was held in mid-October of 2012 to explain the document and what it meant for the City. 


A Neighborhood Charrette was held in October and November of 2012 to focus in on four neighborhoods that stepped up to volunteer (and help finance) the implementation of the Form-Based Code in their neighborhood.  These neighborhoods include College Hill, Madisonville, Walnut Hills, and Westwood.  Visions for these neighborhoods along with draft regulating plans were developed and will now be moving forward at each neighborhood's pace since the text amendment of the Cincinnati Form-Based Code was approved by City Council.


All questions or comments can be directed to:

Alex Peppers, City Planner


City of Cincinnati Department of City Planning and Buildings
Two Centennial Plaza, 805 Central Avenue, Suite 720, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Share Article: