“Character Code Charrette” Report Released

Participants at the Character Code Charrette

Form Ithaca released its second report on the zoning reform project for the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca. The report “Applying the Character Code,” summarizes the Form Ithaca Charrette hosted June 3-6, 2015, at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca—plus field research, meetings, design, and planning work that occurred  before, during and after the event.

This report delves into how the Character Code could be applied—particularly in development focus areas of the City and Town—what ideas resonate with charrette participants, and critical issues that could be addressed through form-based planning and zoning.

The report includes conceptual plans for the area around King and Danby roads in the Town and the Waterfront in the City. It delves into issues of density, urban design, streets, jobs, public spaces, open space preservation, and the environment—and how these issues relate to Ithaca’s future growth.


Form Ithaca is an initiative to help support the ongoing efforts of the City and Town of Ithaca, New York to update the land use regulations to meet the goals and objectives of their comprehensive plans.

The project supports a full range of housing and lifestyle options within a framework that facilitates transportation choice, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and a strong economy for the region.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is funding Form Ithaca with matching resources from the Park Foundation, the city and the town.

The City and Town of Ithaca planning departments will oversee the work of the consulting team, including:

Better! Cities & Towns – Rob Steuteville CNU, Lead Consultant

Randall + West Planners – CJ Randall LEED AP and David West LEED AP, Land Use

STREAM Collaborative – Noah Demarest RA RLA LEED AP, Design

Form Ithaca Brochure Handout 1MB file size

Form Ithaca Report – Part 1 Character Preferences and Focus Areas 4.4MB file size

Form Ithaca Report – Part 2 Applying the Character Code 5.8MB file size

Form Ithaca Graphic Catalog 14MB file size

Form Ithaca Growth Sectors and Regulating Plans 3.7 MB file size

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