Form based codes are regulations. When applied by drab and unimaginative bureaucracy, drab and unimaginable developments are produced. Form based codes must be allowed to breathe while achieving the desired result. Common sense should prevail. Otherwise the form based developments become institutional, with all their attendant institutional charm.......like a high school cafeteria. When form base incompetents are charged to produce a safe environment, you get a jail. If ever charged to produce a safe automobile, you get a tank. There is little use for architects, except to implement span tables.