Land Use Regulations

August 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
The ghosts of the Mission Moratorium have returned to San Francisco, after a local supervisor has called for a halt to three projects while the city crafts legislation to regulate development in the neighborhood.
Mission Local
July 13, 2016, 10am PDT
A brief by the Cato Institute describes historic preservation laws as arbitrary and ambiguous. A case before the Supreme Court could decide on either side of the issue.
Market Urbanism
July 6, 2016, 11am PDT
The New York Times devotes significant ink to an argument against the use of zoning laws as tools of anti-growth politics.
The New York Times
June 22, 2016, 11am PDT
Residents in towns around Pennsylvania are calling for regulations to better understand and mitigate the impacts of large digital and static billboards.
philly.com
June 14, 2016, 8am PDT
A new ordinance approved by the Denver City Council yesterday grants legitimacy to an "already flourishing vacation rental market."
The Denver Post
May 9, 2016, 5am PDT
Urbanists, test your knowledge of urban economics. Familiar with the concept of agglomeration externality? Finance professor and Bloomberg View writer Noah Smith opines it's a major reason why American cities are not as productive as they should be.
Bloomberg View
February 25, 2016, 8am PST
Move over "Neighborhood Integrity Initiative." The "Build Better LA" initiative will compete for the soul of the city in the November election.
Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2016, 1pm PST
A new study reveals new understanding about how restrictive land use regulations in urban areas affect economic segregation across metropolitan areas.
CityLab
December 26, 2015, 11am PST
The issue of zoning might be a place for wonks of both the conservatives and the liberal variety to find middle ground, but zoning in the real world is more contentious than consensus.
City Observatory
November 23, 2015, 9am PST
Some think President Obama legislates from the "big government" end of the political spectrum, but when it comes to land use, at least, he's getting advice that local real estate markets should be liberated from too much regulation.
The Wall Street Journal
October 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
Voters in the Colorado town of Boulder will consider a city charter amendment that would assign land use regulation power to 66 neighborhood-level voting districts.
CityLab
September 9, 2015, 9am PDT
Houston's famous lack of zoning codes might be more semantic than legal.
The Urban Edge
June 21, 2014, 1pm PDT
Responding to advocates who are calling for granny flats as a potential boon to the city's housing stock, city staff will begin a public engagement process this summer in preparation for possible changes to the city's zoning code.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
May 2, 2014, 12pm PDT
A judge's ruling provides a way forward for the proposed Ashby high rise development in Houston—a 21-story residential building that provoked a lawsuit by neighbors who have little recourse to protest developments in their city.
Houston Chronicle
February 19, 2014, 6am PST
Outdated and onerous regulations, particularly those found in zoning ordinances, are affecting the availability of housing choice. What can communities do to expand their hosing stock? C.J. Gabbe explains.
Community Builders
February 21, 2013, 5am PST
As mixed-use development increasingly supersedes single-use development, Roger K. Lewis argues that we should retire the word "zoning" and its outdated "characterization of how we plan and shape growth."
The Washington Post
July 28, 2012, 5am PDT
Several collaborative Google Maps cover Traditional Neighborhood Developments (TNDs) across the US and Canada as well as form-based codes globally. Are yours listed?
PlaceShakers
July 26, 2012, 1pm PDT
A mixed bag of land-use changes, including relaxed parking standards and an increased threshold for environmental review, were passed by the Seattle City Council this week. Critics complain the legislation favors developers over residents.
The Seattle Times
May 24, 2012, 5am PDT
Roger Valdez gives his take on the new obstructionism that is dominating public participation and holding up much-needed growth in Seattle and elsewhere.
Crosscut
April 26, 2012, 10am PDT
Stephen Smith takes a look at land use regulations in Brazil, where developers are still required to make room for cars that its growing cities can't support.
International Business Times