This article titled We need a new city planner has a spellbinding passage which seems to suggest that someone has long-ago preceded me and has taken The Three Rules and set them in code and said "That's it. Now go build."
On the advice of Jacobs and Toronto planner Ken Greenberg, Bedford did that in 1996 ago in the King-Spadina area by getting rid of all the zoning rules but two: new buildings could not be set back from the street, and the height of new buildings had to be no greater than existing buildings. The rules would not dictate how buildings could be used or how many square feet they could be: if the height was right and the building came out to the sidewalk, everything else was up to the owner. (italics added -DS)
To push all those zoning controls aside and allow decisions to be made not by planners and politicians but owners and the market was extraordinary, and these innovations have been terrific for the King-Spadina area. The place is humming with development.
Did they really boil down the code to such a simple formula? Is that really what they've done? If so, Terrific! And there's my libertarian land use planning: set the fewest possible rules and get out of the way.
Luke Franci also thinks its cool.