City of Modesto is working on a rezone of the downtown
area using form-based code principles that emphasize
building form over building function.
It focuses on the
way buildings interface with the public environment,
rather than the activities that take place inside of
them. The overarching objective is to allow a broader
range of uses, enhance economic activity, and stimulate
downtown development. The proposed rezone of the
downtown area will complement the existing Downtown Core
Zone using form-based code principles adopted in 2010.