Achieving Sustainability Using Form-Based Codes and the Transect


Form-Based Codes have proven to be highly effective tools for enabling communities to implement their sustainability goals in many aspects ranging from reducing carbon emission by promoting compact development to promoting green infrastructure, stormwater management, and the integration of agriculture into projects. In addition, the Organizing Principle of the Transect is being used to create systems and standards for everything from complete streets and sustainable infrastructure to standards that address complex environmental thresholds at a regional scale. This session will discuss how these tools are being utilized to effectively implement various aspects of sustainability.


  • Daniel Parolek, AIA, Principal , Opticos Design, Inc.
  • Bry Sarte, Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers
  • Leslie Oberholtzer, Director of Planning, Farr Associates
  • John Hitchcock, Planning and Evaluation Branch Chief, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Slideshow by Daniel Parolek: