Housing Density

Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati’s Controversial Zoning Plan Clears First Hurdle

The “Connected Communities” zoning plan aims to increase middle housing near transit and in Cincinnati neighborhoods’ business districts.

May 20, 2024 - WCPO

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How Federal Policy Can Encourage TOD

Tying transit and land acquisition funding together could help produce more housing near transit hubs.

February 29, 2024 - Urban Institute

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Opinion: Austin Zoning Reform Won’t Have Major Impact

Despite heated controversy, some experts believe the zoning changes made last year won’t make a significant dent in the local housing crisis.

February 4, 2024 - Forbes

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Nebraska Considers State Zoning to Increase Housing Density

The bills would require cities to adopt zoning regulations to allow duplexes and ADUs.

February 1, 2024 - Unicameral Update

Aerial view of single-family homes in Issaquah, Washington.

Washington House Passes Lot Splitting Bill

Residential properties can now be split, with certain restrictions, into multiple lots to spur more housing development.

January 16, 2024 - Governing

Multistory apartment building under construction.

Homeownership Increasingly Out of Reach

From the United States to the United Kingdom, housing costs are eating up a larger percentage of household income.

January 11, 2024 - World Economic Forum

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Montana Judge Blocks Zoning Reforms

The decision reverses new laws once dubbed the ‘Montana Miracle.’

January 3, 2024 - Reason

Aerial view of single-family suburban neighborhood in Dallas, Texas.

Zoning Reform Faces Uphill Battle in Dallas

Proposals to boost housing production through ‘gentle density’ increases face strong opposition from residents concerned about losing single-family neighborhoods.

December 24, 2023 - D Magazine

Texas Capitol Building

Texas Judge Reverses Three Austin Zoning Reforms

The ruling impacts ordinances passed in 2022 aimed at increasing housing density and supporting mixed-use development.

December 14, 2023 - Austin Monitor

View of residential neighborhood with large homes with tall mountains and cloudy sunset sky in background in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Will Salt Lake City’s Zoning Reforms Create More Affordable Housing?

The city’s new rules allow for more flexibility in housing development, but other market forces could limit production.

December 13, 2023 - KUER

Bird's eye view of houses in midtown Sacramento, California.

Sacramento Council Approves Upzoning Proposal

If given final approval, the plan would increase the allowable floor area ratio to permit denser housing development in single-family neighborhoods and near transit.

December 4, 2023 - Sacramento Business Journal

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San Jose Affordable Housing Development Gains Approval

A proposed project is moving forward with reduced building heights and all-affordable units.

November 30, 2023 - The Mercury News

Rendering of TOD with two glass towers abovw MARTA transit station in Kensington near Atlanta, Georgia.

New TOD Breaks Ground in Atlanta Area

The project will include over 500 housing units, commercial and retail space, and park spaces.

November 28, 2023 - Urbanize Atlanta

Milwaukee, Wisconsin skyline with houses in foreground.

A Look at Milwaukee’s Zoning Reform Proposal

The ‘Growing MKE’ plan calls for allowing ADUs, reducing barriers to new construction, and expanding the types of housing available in the city’s residential areas.

November 8, 2023 - Urban Milwaukee

Aerial view of Reno, Nevada with homes in foreground and downtown buildings in background during autumn.

Reno Revisits Zoning Reform

After roundly rejecting a proposal to legalize granny flats in 2018, the city council is revising it and other zoning reform proposals that could increase the city’s affordable housing supply.

November 3, 2023 - Fox Reno

Aerial view of downtown Baltimore, Maryland with freeways in foreground

Baltimore Could See a TOD Boom

Developers are calling on city leaders to support transit-oriented development amidst an influx of federal funding opportunities.

October 19, 2023 - Bisnow

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How Housing Density Could Help Austin Reach Climate Goals

With housing and transportation as the two biggest sources of carbon emissions, a new report shows how boosting density near transit would accelerate emissions reductions.

October 17, 2023 - Austin Monitor

Students walking on sunny walkway on college campus.

How College Campuses Fulfill an Urbanist Dream

Most college campuses in the United States are inherently walkable, mixing various uses with diverse housing options and transit networks.

September 27, 2023 - The Daily

Indian Trail, North Carolina

The Social and Economic Impacts of Exclusionary Zoning

A new book further reveals the inequities perpetuated by restrictive zoning policies.

August 14, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Google street view of late Victorian home in Harvard Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, with one-story commercial building next door.

How One L.A. Developer Uses the Law to Build Apartments

California’s density bonus law lets developers skirt some zoning regulations to build multifamily housing.

August 11, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

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