IMHO having a parking lot in front of a project as opposed to behind it isn't a 'crappy' look. Any visible or logistical benefits of form based development, to my eye, is negligible -- and not worth the trouble. I would argue that in larger retail establishments form based design would be a pretty big logistical problem. In smaller restaurant formats you don't have as many headaches with managing inventory & delivery trucks. Pushing customer parking to the back of the store puts big trucks and customers closer together. I can understand why big retailers wouldn't want this. What's more important in my opinion is the long-term maintenance & upkeep of not only the development itself but the neighborhood it resides in. I'm sure, 40 years from now, these areas you mention will be 'the bad part of town' -- as South School is now considered by many to be. Over decades, many of the currently new developments will lose patrons and go under as people flock to wherever the hot new areas will be. Some buildings will fall into disrepair & when they do it won't matter how close the building is to the street -- it will still look ugly. You ask for examples and it's hard to give direct examples since most developers won't come to the press and explicitly say they chose to develop somewhere else because of Fayetteville's codes, however it's pretty obvious that many other areas of NWA are booming right now. Also, and correct me if I'm wrong here, it looks to me like the vast majority of Fayetteville's growth over the last 8 or 10 years is a direct result of the boom in enrollment at the U of A. The last numbers I saw showed about 8,000 new students over the past 7 years. This is a direct result of the economic downturn (many went back to school since they couldn't get a job) and the Arkansas Lottery Scholarships. This student growth has given us tons of small restaurants, small retail, and apartments. I really can't see much, if any, growth in Fayetteville that's directly attributable to any policies of the planning commission. Am I wrong? I see so much white collar and blue collar growth in other areas of NWA, but not very much in Fayetteville... OK, maybe a few tech jobs in the Tech Park on the south side of town, but that's it. If you take the U of A's growth out of the picture, Fayetteville would be withering right now. Please let me know if you have data that proves otherwise.