Brown Design has received recognition for two awards at the recent Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) in Dallas, Texas. Both awards stem from the same project, the Beaufort County Community Development Code. The project received the CNU Charter merit award and the Driehaus Form Based Code Award from the Form Based Code Institute (FBCI).
Congratulations go out to the lead planning firm of Opticos from Berkley, California. Opticos Principal Stefan Pellegrini lead the planning/design team and process along with staff from Beaufort County Planning and the Town of Port Royal. Brown Design was able to assist Opticos in architectural design and local calibration of the code.
The code is notable for being in a large county with a full rural to urban transect and also unique local conditions. Additionally, the code was an inter-governmental coordinated effort between Beaufort County and the Town of Port Royal. The planning design team participated with the local community over the course of many charrettes, workshops and meetings and the code responded with a set of place-types and transect zones that capture the uniqueness of the Carolina Lowcountry.