Form-based overlay, Birmingham, AL

Triangle District Plan and Form-Based Overlay

LSL, led a multi-disciplinary team to prepare an urban design plan and form-based code for the downtown, known as the Triangle District. The plan envisions a transformation from an underutilized, auto-dominated district into a vibrant, mixed-use urban neighborhood.

A critical feature of the project was a multi-day design workshop (charrette). City staff, officials, property owners, residents, developers, agencies and organizations participated in focus groups and walking tours, aiding the evolution of ideas into concepts and ultimately recommendations. A new form-based code overlay district resulted to guide redevelopment toward creating an urban environment with a mixture of uses within an inviting and walkable neighborhood.

Following completion of the Triangle Plan and Code, LSL helped prepare a tax increment financing plan to help fund improvements. We were recently engaged again to update the parking plan to manage parking demands of all the new uses.

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