Is Zoning Replacing Planning?

A new piece of legislation going before voters in New York would limit the amount of development in many low-density neighborhoods, and encourage planning over upzoning to encourage development.

"The real problem with downzoning to stop overdevelopment, or upzoning to encourage development, is that they both avoid any serious planning, both in each neighborhood and in the city as a whole. They don’t allow local residents and businesses to address serious concerns they have with everything from housing needs to traffic, because zoning regulations are limited to use and density controls.

...But it remains to be seen how many of the same neighborhoods in New York City complaining about overdevelopment are willing to support planning."

Full Story: Overdevelopment: Planning, Not Rezoning, Is The Answer

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