City Planning

Neighborhood Urban Design Workshop

Oct. 16

Neighborhood Urban Design Workshop

Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2012

805 Central Ave., 4th floor

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati has made significant progress this year in developing a powerful new tool for preserving character and creating value in our neighborhoods: Form-Based Codes.

The upcoming workshop will take the new draft Form-Based Code for Cincinnati and tailor it for implementation in four Cincinnati neighborhoods that have volunteered to be the first to apply it. The neighborhoods are College Hill, Madisonville, Walnut Hills and Westwood.

As the professional design team works to apply the code in the four neighborhoods, they will have pin-up sessions for informal discussion and feedback each evening, and open studio hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. There will also be brownbag lunch discussions on thoroughfare standards and neighborhood economics on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Daily Schedule

  • Monday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.: Opening Session
  • Monday, Oct. 29 to Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Open studio hours with evening pin-up discussions
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 & Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Noon: Brownbag lunch discussions
  • Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.: Closing Session

Once the code is finalized and approved by City Council, any neighborhood that chooses to -- adoption is completely voluntary -- can implement this new approach to building community character and spurring development. 

Click here for the detailed schedule.


About The Form-Based Code

The new draft code describes, in words and clearly drawn graphics, what form and scale of development is desired and permissible. The code includes building form standards (building placement, frontage, etc.) and public space standards (street thoroughfare standards, civic space standards, etc.), and also addresses appropriate uses.

Download the public draft of the Cincinnati code.


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