Development Regulations

Construction crane in foreground, Denver skyline in background

Denver City Council Considering Transportation Demand Management Plan

If approved, the proposed regulations would require developers to implement policies to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips for new developments.

April 5, 2021 - Westword

Downtown Houston pedestrians

Walkability Plan, Including Parking Reform, Adopted in Houston

The city of Houston is embarking on an ambitious plan to reshape how new development in the city prioritizes walkability, and deprioritizes the automobile.

August 6, 2020 - Houston Chronicle

Los Angeles

Reforming Local Development Regulations for Sustainable Megaregions

Managing development at the scale of megaregions is possible. An excerpt from the recently published book, "Designing for the Megaregion: Meeting Urban Challenges at a New Scale," written by Jonathan Barnett, explains how.

March 12, 2020 - Jonathan Barnett

Construction Worker

Homebuilders Aren't Keeping Pace With Millennial Demand

Places with a lot of Millennials are building homes, just not enough to keep pace with the large number of Millennials coming of homebuying age.

December 8, 2019 - CNBC


Updated: Requiring Space for Homeless in New Development

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission has proposed a truly radical development requirement for private developments in the city's downtown: spaces for the homeless.

December 6, 2019 - Willamette Week

Apartment Housing

Don't Miss the Middle: The Critical Role of Moderate-Priced Housing to Affordability

To increase affordability communities should support moderate-priced housing development. This increases housing options for middle-income households, and for lower-income through filtering, as households move from low- to moderate-priced units.

December 1, 2019 - Todd Litman

South Lake Union

Level of Service Reform Bill Approved by Seattle City Council

A major change to planning paradigms in the city of Seattle.

January 16, 2019 - The Urbanist

Suburban Seattle

Everett's New Downtown Plan

Digging into the city of Everett's recent overhaul of its zoning and development regulations in Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

December 3, 2018 - The Urbanist

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Retrofitting Cities with Accessory Dwelling Units Is a Win-Win

Expensive West Coast cities are looking to these alternative and add-on structures to ease their housing challenges.

September 24, 2018 - SF Gate


Floodplain Development Grows as Regulations Shrink

More Americans are moving to high-risk flood zones as environmental deregulation wins the day.

August 21, 2018 - Governing

West Houston Floodplain

800 New Homes Approved for Houston's Floodplain

The city of Houston approved a new development that doesn't meet new elevations standards approved by the city of Houston earlier this month.

April 26, 2018 - Houston Chronicle

Texas Flood

Houston Seriously Tightens Rules on Floodplain Construction

It was the city's "first major regulatory response" to Hurricane Harvey.

April 9, 2018 - Houston Chronicle

San Diego County, California

Can Water Supply Keep Up with the Need to Build More Housing?

Population growth creates a collision course in the American West.

March 16, 2018 - Voice of San Diego

Paris Trees

The World's Most Iconic Architecture, Brought to You By Taxes and Regulation

How many now-classic design features are actually tax-avoidance strategies?

February 16, 2018 - 99% Invisible

Clear-Sky Flood

Houston-Area Floodplain Regulations to Expand from 100-Year to 500-Year Levels

Harris County, home to Houston and the scene of widespread devastation during Hurricane Harvey and other weather events, will make large-scale changes to development regulations on floodplains for the first time in almost 20 years.

November 26, 2017 - Houston Chronicle

City Hall

A Playbook for Achieving Meaningful Development Regulation Reform

Most cities know they need new development regulations, but it's much, much easier said than done.

October 18, 2017 - At Lincoln House

Louisville Approves More Stringent Flood Protection Rules for New Development

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey headed for Louisville, city officials were approving new legislation that enacts more stringent development standards in areas in flood prone areas.

September 2, 2017 - Courier-Journal

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