The City of Modesto downtown area has
been rezoned using form-based code principles.
Form-based codes emphasize the building form whereas
conventional zoning codes emphasize land use. The
emphasis on building form will help create a more
predictable environment where buildings are closer to
the street and will focus on the interface between the
public and private spaces. While land uses are secondary
to building form, land uses are still important. One
important land use aspect of the form-based code is that
greater mixture of land uses are allowed. The overarching
objective the code amendment is to enhance activity
and encourage downtown development. The rezone of the
downtown area was approved by the City Council and
became effective on June 25, 2015.