Tony Perez

Tony brings to our team over 30 years' experience as an urban planner and code-writing expert, 12 working in the public sector and the past 18 as a consulting professional.  He is expert in working with communities and urban designers to establish the vision for sustainable place-making, and in translating those into clear policies and implementable development standards. His long experience in preparing form-based codes, specific plans and general plans - on behalf of communities and of private clients - gives him a broad perspective and sharp focus to ensure that the standards he prepares will implement the adopted policies and deliver the anticipated community vision.

Tony has authored or co-authored over 25 codes, peer-reviewed 12, contributed to 10 others, and has prepared numerous innovative specific plans and general plans. His experience spans neighborhoods and downtowns,  transformation of corridors and suburban shopping centers, and citywide plans and codes. At the citywide code scale he has employed the hybrid approach, providing form-based zoning for walkable urban areas and high quality conventional zoning for more auto-oriented suburban areas. 

Tony increasingly enjoys working with public sector planners to train them in using and explaining form-based codes.  He teaches form-based planning and coding to undergraduates at Cal Poly Pomona and has taught that course at the graduate level at UCLA. His work on the City of Santa Ana’s Transit Zoning Code was one of two winners in the United States of the 2012 Driehaus Award for Form-Based Codes, and he was a member of the 2016 Driehaus Award Jury.  Tony is a board member of the Form-Based Code Institute and a FBCI instructor who helps teach this zoning reform technique across the country.