Development Moratorium

Los Angeles STreet

Can Los Angeles Join the Anti-Gas Station Movement?

A growing number of cities in California have prohibited the construction of new gas stations. Los Angeles could soon consider an ordinance to do the same—in a landmark move for the city some believe to be a symbol of car-dependent sprawl.

July 14, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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Industrial Zoning a Foothold for Amazon Distribution Centers in San Francisco

Locals aren't happy about Amazon's numerous new distribution facilities in San Francisco, but all of the new facilities are all perfectly legal under the city's zoning code—much more legal than housing, for example.

February 21, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

A subdivision of large suburban homes, some with bright blue pools, sits atop a low hill in Hays County, Texas.

Pressing Pause on Development in the Shadow of Austin's Growth

The Dripping Springs City Council points to inadequate wastewater infrastructure and the need to update its comprehensive plan as reasons for the city's development moratorium.

February 17, 2022 - Community Impact Newspaper

A map showing the city of Hammond and surrounding cities in Louisiana and Florida.

Louisiana City Halts Multi-Family Housing Construction Due to Infrastructure Concerns

The Hammond City Council has paused multi-family development approvals while it studies ways to improve the city's infrastructure.

February 10, 2022 - The Daily Star

A map with the location fo Fayetteville, Georgia highlighted among surrounding cities and highways.

Atlanta Suburb Freezes Residential Rezonings

Fayetteville, Georgia is seeing more applications for new townhomes than the city council can stomach.

December 27, 2021 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Aspen Presses Pause on New Construction, Short-Term Rentals

Residents and elected officials of the famously wealthy mountain town of Aspen don't like the way the city is headed.

December 13, 2021 - The Colorado Sun

Oakley, Utah Townhall

Water Supply Concerns Prompt Development Moratorium in Utah Town

Oakley, a small town in Summit County, Utah, has paused new development while it redraws its land use map and brings new water supply online.

June 6, 2021 - Park Record

Gas Stations

California City the First to Ban New Gas Stations

With the state mandating a switch to electric vehicles by 2035, Petaluma is aligning its land use regulations with its climate goals.

March 3, 2021 - The Press Democrat


Fort Worth City Council Wants to Pause Apartment Developments

A trio of Fort Worth city councilmembers are trying to hit the brakes on the recent wave of multi-family housing developments requiring zoning changes in the growing city.

January 14, 2021 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Chicago Bike Trail

More Cities Pressing Pause on Development as Gentrification, Displacement Concerns Persist

Chicago and Atlanta both approved development moratoriums in areas surrounding new urban amenities this year. Other cities could soon add to the number.

September 7, 2020 - The Washington Post

Montgomery County

New Growth Plan Could End Development Moratorium in Montgomery County

A planning change would make it easier to develop housing near transit in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2018, the county adopted a development moratorium intended to prevent overcrowding in schools.

August 10, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington


Local Restrictions on Dollar Stores Gaining Popularity

Cities and counties all over the South are restricting further development of dollar stores.

February 13, 2020 - Next City

The Bloomingdale Trail

Proposed Development Moratorium Near Chicago's 606 Linear Park Causes Political Spat

Two aldermen want to halt all development activity The 606, also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, in Chicago to slow gentrification near the popular linear park.

January 16, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Boulder Colorado

One City Was Skeptical Enough About Opportunity Zones to Declare a Development Moratorium

Boulder declared a moratorium on development in a federally designated Opportunity Zone back in December. Here's how the decision has played out so far.

April 5, 2019 - Next City

Bethesda, Maryland

Where There Aren't Enough Schools for New Homes

Parts of Montgomery County, Maryland have declared a moratorium on new homes because schools are overcrowded.

September 12, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

San Francisco Houses

San Francisco's Proposed Housing Moratorium Is a Bad Idea

After San Francisco Supervisors reject housing moratorium, proponents vow ballot initiative. But a moratorium is the wrong solution to the problem and would likely lead to continued price increases, condo conversions, and Ellis Act evictions.

June 4, 2015 - Reuben Duarte

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