Panel on form-based code vs. traditional zoning for Rio29

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An upcoming panel will let area residents learn about form-based codes and how they are being used in communities across Virginia.

Albemarle County officials will be hosting representatives from Virginia Beach, Arlington and Leesburg who will share their experiences with form-based code on April 29.

The discussion will go over the fundamentals of such code, how it is different from traditional zoning, why other localities have begun using it, and the benefits and challenges such communities have faced.

This is part of the Rio29 Project and the Small Area Plan, which was adopted by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in 2018.

The plan calls for transforming the intersection into a multi-modal hub with a connected street network and mixed-use community enhanced by conservation and public amenities.

The county is looking into using a form-based code for the Rio29 area to encourage the desired type of development.

This is the kickoff of the implementation of the Rio29 Small Area Plan.

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