CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The City of Charlottesville is looking at ways to improve the city's housing options and infrastructure.

On Wednesday night, people got the chance to weigh-in on plans Charlottesville has to use form-based code in the city's strategic investment area. That area consists of more than 300 acres south and east of the Downtown Mall.

Instead of traditional land use regulations, the city is looking at new, innovative ways to get more people to live, work, and play in one place.

"As we are drafting a code, the form-based code focuses on the public realm on mostly what happens outside the building so that's where people live and work so we need to fully understand what they want," said urban planner Marta Goldsmith.

Wednesday was the first of two listening sessions being held by the city. The next one will be Thursday night at City Space at 6 p.m.