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The zoning and planning consulting firm Code Studio has published a blog post that digs into one of the big questions facing planners and city officials throughout the coronavirus pandemic: "[W]hat can cities do through zoning (the land use controls on private property) to help businesses and the economy get back up and running as quickly and safely as possible?"
The prescription presented here has a common theme: local government should lift some of the stifling zoning restrictions common in U.S. cities today. The list of recommended actions follows, with more details provided in the source article:
The list above might complicate public opinion about the purview of zoning codes in the United States, but perhaps in a year where patterns and behaviors have taken on a measure of simplicity in response to an unprecedented public health threat, zoning codes should be expected to adopt a new, long-sought measure of simplicity as well.
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