LIMA — Zoning can play a big role in how a community grows in the future, a longtime Lima Realtor told the Lima Rotary Club during its meeting Monday.
Tim Stanford, the former owner of Yocum Real Estate and now with Superior Credit Union, walked the group through the history of zoning as he explained the form-based codes that help more areas adjust to what unfolds in the future.
A form-based zoning code is based on principles of urban form: What happens outside the building such as streets, building style, scale and open space as opposed to traditional zoning, which is based on what happens inside a building.
The code is used at different scales such as neighborhoods, districts and corridors and in different contexts such as urban or suburban, greenfields of redevelopment areas.
The population in the nine-county region is around 380,000, and the problem for decades is that people are moving away, Stanford said.
“People have been making a choice to move away, but we’ve continued to build new houses, streets, and sewers and added to our overhead, but have fewer people to support,” Stanford said.
There also are issues of people not wanting to have business development occur in areas in which they live.
“The difficulty that city planners, governors and mayors have run into is that cities that are being zoned have been in existence for hundreds of years,” Stanford said. The problem he said is people have been building, developing and organizing that area without zoning.
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