The City of Milton and TSW were recently honored for their work on the Crabapple Form Based Code and Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance. The project was awarded the Outstanding Plan Implementation for a Large Community at the annual Georgia Planning Association Fall Conference, recognizing the successful implementation of the SmartCode that codifies the Crabapple vision.
The Crabapple Form Based Code and Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance is the result of nearly a year of collaborative work between TSW, the City of Milton, and Crabapple residents, businesses, and property owners. The project aimed to create a locally calibrated SmartCode that would help to preserve the unique character of the historic Crabapple community while promoting economic development and sustainability.
One of the innovative features of the Crabapple Form Based Code is the use of transfer of development rights (TDR) to preserve farmland in the area. TDR is a tool that allows developers to purchase development rights from landowners in designated “sending areas,” such as farmland or open space, and transfer them to “receiving areas” where increased density or development is desired. This approach helps to protect farmland and open space while still allowing for economic growth in designated areas.
The Crabapple Form Based Code also emphasizes walkability and connectivity, with a focus on creating a pedestrian-friendly environment that encourages social interaction and community engagement. The code includes provisions for mixed-use development, such as housing and retail, to promote a vibrant and sustainable community.
Overall, the Crabapple Form Based Code and Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance is a successful example of collaborative planning and implementation. The project has helped to preserve the unique character of the Crabapple community while promoting economic development and sustainability through innovative tools like TDR. The recognition from the Georgia Planning Association is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the City of Milton, TSW, and all those involved in the project.
To read more about the project, check out the project sheet and City of Milton website.
TSW’s Caleb Racicot (far left) and City of Milton staff accepting the GPA award
Adopted Regulating Plan
TSW Project Wins GPA Chapter Award for Crabapple Form Based Code and Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance
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