Housing Production

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The Rise of Zoning Reform

As the housing affordability crisis spread from mainly coastal cities to the rest of the nation, cities and states are taking a serious look at outdated zoning codes that hamper efforts to build more housing.

November 29, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Federal Loan Programs Offer Billions for TOD

USDOT is encouraging developers to take advantage of loans aimed at supporting the building of multifamily buildings near transit lines.

November 17, 2023 - Business Insider


Central Ohio Housing Production Struggles to Keep up With Demand

The region’s population growth is outstripping the pace of housing construction.

October 16, 2023 - The Columbus Dispatch

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‘Affordability Unlocked’ Boosts Austin’s Affordable Housing Production

A 2019 program has created new housing at a faster rate than other city programs.

September 26, 2023 - KUT

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San Francisco Supervisors Punt Housing Ordinance

After hours of public comment, the zoning reform package aimed at increasing housing production and limiting red tape was delayed for further discussion.

September 24, 2023 - SF Standard

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California Housing Bills Streamline Affordable Housing

A series of current and proposed bills are paving the way for more affordable housing production in the state, where environmental laws are often deployed to delay or block new development.

September 20, 2023 - CALmatters

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Houston Lot Size Reforms Yield Positive Results

New research shows that reducing lot size requirements helped create thousands of new homes.

September 17, 2023 - Pew Trusts

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NYC Rezoning Plans Could Create Thousands of New Housing Units

Zoning changes in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Midtown Manhattan would allow residential construction in areas previously zoned for light manufacturing.

September 12, 2023 - Globe St.

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Alexandria Set to Reveal Zoning Reform Details

The city will hold a series of public meetings this fall to explain its efforts to boost housing production and affordability.

August 27, 2023 - ALX Now

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Montreal Developers Prefer to Pay Rather Than Build Affordable Housing

Housing advocates say a 2021 bylaw aimed at building more affordable housing units is too lenient, letting developers opt out by paying a fee some consider too low.

August 24, 2023 - Vice

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Zero New Housing Permits Issued in Manhattan Last Month

July was a dead month when it comes to approving new housing units.

August 14, 2023 - The Real Deal

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Denver Makes ADU Rules More Flexible

The city hopes adjusting its regulations for accessory dwelling units will make the process more affordable for residents and help ease the city’s housing crunch.

June 7, 2023 - Denverite

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Montana Governor Signs Zoning Reform Bills

Four bills that target housing production promise to streamline permitting processes, reform ADU regulations, and loosen zoning restrictions in commercially zoned areas.

May 24, 2023 - The Missoulian

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Connecticut Zoning Bills in Peril Near End of Legislative Session

Two bills that would change zoning rules to encourage more housing production and denser zoning are still in limbo as the legislature prepares to go on recess.

May 19, 2023 - The CT Mirror

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First Hotel Conversion to Begin in New York

A pandemic-era program designed to streamline the conversion of hotels into housing stalled, with the first project just now making its way through the pipeline.

May 5, 2023 - The New York Times

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California Growth Report: Housing Up, Population Down

Good and bad news can be found in the most recent demographic report from the California Department of Finance. The population dropped by nearly 140,000 last year while housing grew at the highest rate in 14 years.

May 4, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

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New York Mayor Proposes Zoning Amendments to Boost Housing Supply

After Governor Hochul’s statewide housing plan collapsed during budget talks, the city will weigh a series of zoning changes that could increase housing production and remove barriers to sustainability retrofits.

April 26, 2023 - Politico


California Attorney General Wants to Get Serious About Housing

A bill sponsored by the AG’s office would give the state’s top attorney more power to intervene in lawsuits related to the state’s housing laws.

March 29, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

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The Return of ‘Catalog Homes’

Sets of pre-approved housing plans can lower construction costs, shorten timelines, and encourage more badly needed housing production.

March 29, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Illinois Legislature to Consider Affordable Housing Tax Credit

A proposed tax credit could create thousands of new affordable housing units per year, its proponents say.

March 28, 2023 - The Real Deal

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