Oceanfront Resort District Form-Based Code

5 Years Later - ​​​Time for Updates

It's been five years since the Oceanfront Resort District Form-Based Code was adopted by City Council on July 10, 2012.  Since that time staff has reviewed over 75 actual development projects and held countless pre-design meetings to explore development opportunities under the new code.  As we have gained more experience administering this code, we have taken note of corrections, clarifications, and a few actual policy changes that will simplify and improve upon this regulatory document.

Steering Committee

In October 2015, a steering committee was formed to address concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the Oceanfront Form-Based Code.  In addition to Beach District Councilman John Uhrin, the committee was comprised of representatives from the Planning Commission, VB Hotel Association, VB Restaurant Association, Resort Beach Civic League, Resort Advisory Commission, as well as a local attorney and a local architect.  The committee held a series of nine meetings plus a walking tour to discuss the concerns raised and explore potential solutions.  In most cases, concerns were resolved through explanation and education about how the code works.  Unlike a standard zoning code, the Oceanfront Form-Based Code has built-in flexibility to allow for creative design options that can fulfill the same purpose as a "prescribed" form.  These "optional forms of development" can be approved administratively, which reduces risk and streamlines the approval process for high quality development projects. 

Summary of Amendments

A summary of the proposed amendments divides the revisions into three categories:

  1. Reorganization - To improve organization and flow of the code, some sections or subsections have been moved.  In some cases, whole chapters have been merged into other chapters, or sections of a chapter have been extracted to create their own chapter.  ORD Design Guidelines have been consolidated into one document, with links to other related Design Guidelines.
  2. Clarifications and Corrections - Much of the text has been rewritten to simplify or clarify its message.  Additional graphics and illustrations have been inserted to help illustrate code requirements.  A few typos and mistakes have been corrected throughout the document.
  3. Policy Changes - While the main regulating factors and structure of the code has remained the same, some minimum and maximum dimensions have been adjusted to better reflect the goals of the form-based code.  Other components have been consolidated to simplify the code's application and eliminate unrealistic expectations for certain areas. 

Download Summary of 2017 Draft Amendments to Oceanfront  Form-Based Code.

Download Issues and Solutions Chart with Code sections and page numbers.

Regulating Plans

The regulating plans have been revised primarily for appearance.  Any actual changes to the regulating plans are described in red text.  Copies of the current adopted and draft revised regulating plans are linked below.  These maps are in pdf format, best suited for printing on 11x17 paper, but are not to scale.   

​Boundary Map

​Frontage Map

​Setback Map

​Height Map


Current Adopted


Current Adopted


Current Adopted


Current Adopted

2017 ​Draft Revised

2017 Draft Revised

2017 Draft Revised

​2017 Draft Revised

Download Draft Revised Code Chapters 

The following table provides links to each chapter, in pdf format, showing the original text redlined to reflect the proposed amendments.

Redlined Draft 10/24/17 - Download Full October 2017 Draft

​Chapter 1 - Purpose

​Chapter 2- Frontage

Chapter 3 - Street Setbacks

Chapter 4 - Height

​Chapter 5 - Use

​Chapter 6 - Site Development

Chapter 7 - Optional Forms and Alternative Compliance

​Chapter 8 - Signs