From Vision to Implementation Quicker and with Community Support Webinar

November 20, 2019 1:00PM - 2:15PM EST

Contact: Holly Madill

Combined logo for the National Charrette Institute, the Form-Based Code Institute and Smart Growth America

Cutting Down the Time to Create a Form-Based Code using a NCI Charrette

The MSU National Charrette Institute and the Form-Based Codes Institute are partnering to deliver a joint webinar in November that will explore how NCI Charrettes can be used to develop a community vision and form-based code. Charrettes have long used design-thinking and collaboration to address complex community issues like form-based codes and can significantly reduce the time to develop one.

Attendees will discover how form-based codes can make communities more walkable, mixed use and livable; and how NCI charrettes can be used to create form-based codes.

Two case studies will be presented by the charrette manager and code writer for charrettes resulting in form-based codes in Norman, Oklahoma, and Columbia Pike in Arlington County, VA. What snags to avoid and tips to employ for a successful process and code will also be presented.


  • Norman, OK Project: Codewriters Mary Madden and Geoff Ferrell, partners at the urban design and town planning firm Ferrell-Madden; and Charrette Manager Bill Lennertz, former director of NCI.
  • Columbia Pike Project: Chris Zimmerman, former member of the Arlington County Board and current vice president for economic development at Smart Growth America; Inta Malis, former member and chair of the County Planning Commission, a Columbia Pike neighborhood association president, and leader of several working groups involved in planning the future of the Columbia Pike Corridor; and Charrette Manager Amy Groves of Dover, Kohl & Partners.
  • Marta Goldsmith, executive director of the Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America, and Holly Madill, director of NCI will moderate.

Who Should Attend

Anyone involved in transforming communities and organizations, including city and regional planners, developers, architects, land and transportation planning consultants, and citizen advocates.

Continuing Education

This webinar has been approved for 1.0 continuing education hours by the AIA, and 1.0 certificate maintenance credits by AICP.


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