The City of Winter Springs Town Center District Code was one of the first “form-based” codes adopted in the United States. As time and development progressed, City Commission recognized some limitations of the street-based code. Because of the “one size fits all” methodology of the street based code, it became increasingly difficult to develop the outer edges of the Town Center because of compatibility issues with existing Euclidian zoned subdivisions. City Commission unanimously directed staff to complete a re-write to incorporate the concepts of the “transect” in order to provide a clear vision for the future of the Town Center. The re-write was completed in-house by the Winter Springs Community Development Department, with an estimated cost savings of $75,000 to the City's taxpayers and was completed within seven (7) months from the Commission's directive. On March 12, 2012, the City of Winter Springs City Commission unanimously adopted the re-write of the code. On June 22, 2012, the Florida Planning and Zoning Association and the Awards and Scholarships Committee, commended staff for the exceptional effort represented by the City of Winter Springs Town Center District Code by awarding the City with the prestigious 2012 Design Excellence Award. Staff recently accepted the award during the Awards Luncheon during the 2012 Florida Planning & Zoning Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida.

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