The City continues to modernize its land development codes by incorporating New Urbanism and Form-Based Zoning concepts to promote urban redevelopment. These concepts are designed to go beyond land use to address not just the physical form of buildings but also surrounding streets, blocks, and public spaces in order to create, protect, and revitalize sustainable communities. The Seminole Heights Form-Based code was adopted March 2011 with the rezoning effort approved in Spring 2012. The concentration of new growth within the existing core reduces infrastructure needs, increases walk-ability and use of public transit. Visions Plans have been designed for historic Seminole Heights and 40th street neighborhoods towards this effort.
Form-based codes address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks.
Form Based Code Institute
The City of Tampa is currently working with Davis Islands to implement the DI Village and Main Street Form Based Code Project
On April 14, 2016, Tampa City Council requested a presentation on the Tampa Heights Community Plan and on the actions needed to update that plan. During that discussion, Mike Callahan/City of Tampa Planning Urban Design went on record stating that Tampa Heights would the next neighborhood with a community plan (with a regulatory structure)