The City of Perry is constantly exploring new and progressive avenues in working to promote a healthy, vibrant, and stable community. Currently, the City is working to develop and implement form-based code in specific areas of the City starting with the General Courtney Hodges Boulevard corridor. Form-based code “fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code” and will allow property owners to utilize their property for a wider range of uses, help guide development in our community, and make our commercial districts more attractive and marketable.

Form-based code is a progressive, valuable tool available to communities that, when used appropriately and tailored to meet the unique goals and needs of community, can promote favorable community growth, economic development, and general community redevelopment. As was mentioned, the major benefit of form-based code will be to provide for a wider range of land uses than are currently allowed. The whole idea is to work towards a situation where property in the City can be utilized for its best and highest use, not simply the uses allowed under our current zoning structure. The City of Perry has entered into a contract with TSW out of Atlanta for the development and implementation of the form-based code. It is our goal to create a sustainable and effective code that mirrors the community’s vision for the City in regards to development and land use.

Community input and support will be critical to the success of this endeavor. We want your input and assistance in developing a code that benefits you. There will be multiple opportunities available to you where you will be able to express your concerns, desires, etc. regarding the form-based code and have your questions answered. The first of these opportunities will be on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Road, Perry, GA.

Form-based codes have been implemented in communities across the nation with great success and more and more communities are shifting away from archaic traditional zoning structures in favor of a less-restrictive, community-based approach to land use regulations. Form-based code centers on inclusion, finding a way to make development happen, rather than exclusion, the traditional idea behind zoning that often times serves to hinder development.

For more information regarding form-based code, please check out The Form-Based Codes Institute and as always you can contact Robert Smith, Economic Development Director with City at (478) 988-2757 or via email at

See you on November 19th!