Zoning Needs An Overhaul

Cities would do better to loosen prescriptive zoning codes and give more flexibility to developers, writes Chris Fiscelli in a PLANetizen Op-Ed.
September 3, 2003, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"At a practical level, zoning tends to foster development patterns that conflict with smart growth objectives while using a process objectionable to free market advocates. It restricts densities of projects that may have a market for a greater density, it prevents mixed land uses even though that may be the preferred design, and it requires parking ratios that assume most residents or customers will drive most places. With this type of land use regulation, it should not be surprising that much of suburbia looks as it does."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 in Planetizen
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