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On February 15, 1992, Mayor S. F. Snively introduced an ordinance calling for the creation of a city planning department.

Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, Transit Oriented Development, New Urbanism and Form-Based Codes are emerging trends in planning, design and development that are in response to concerns about urban sprawl, over-reliance on fossil fuels, traffic congestion, the quality of our public spaces and the need for walkable places. These trends are changing the way we think about cities and future development and will be incorporated into our new Unified Development Code. As the City revises and modernizes its old zoning code, the themes which will be leading the zoning reform are centered on streamlining procedures to facilitate investment and jobs and promoting sustainable development.

Many of the concepts described below are related and complimentary.

Smart growth covers a range of development and conservation strategies that help protect our natural environment and make our communities more attractive, economically stronger and more socially diverse.

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Transit Oriented Development is compact, mixed-use development near transit facilities and high-quality walking environments.

New Urbanism is based on the concept of walkable neighborhoods and small towns, with the compact, mixed-use development patterns of the pre-World War II era as models.

Form-based code is a method of regulating development to achieve a specific urban form. Form-based codes create a predictable public realm primarily by controlling physical form, with a lesser focus on land use.

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