Video and Slides: Joel Russell Presents Form-Based Zoning

The Northampton Design Forum sponsored “An Introduction to Form-Based Zoning” on January 26. The A.P.E. Gallery on Main Street filled to hear Joel Russell’s presentation. Mr. Russell is a member of the Northampton Design Forum and chairs Northampton’s Zoning Revisions Committee. Here is a complete video of the presentation, recorded by Adam Cohen. The video is 1 hour and 44 minutes long.


Download a PDF (10MB) of all 74 slides shown. Selected slides include:

See also:

Form-Based Codes Institute

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Good Cul-De-Sacs and Bad Ones
…Northern Avenue has several aspects that likely improve its safety:

  • It is linear
  • The homes are well-integrated with good intervisibility
  • It is well-connected to a main road (North Street)
  • You can stand on North Street and see down to the end of Northern Avenue
  • Access to the rear of homes on Northern Avenue is relatively restricted
  • Homes line both sides of the street
By contrast, the cul-de-sacs in Kohl’s…condo proposal give reason for concern:

  • The roads would not be straight
  • The space would be visually broken up
  • The homes would be isolated from North Street
  • Many units would be difficult or impossible to see from North Street
  • Footpaths (shown in pink) and the woods would give easy secondary access to the units
  • Homes would only be present on one side of the street