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The city of Houston is embarking on an ambitious plan to reshape how new development in the city prioritizes walkability, and deprioritizes the automobile.
Houston Chronicle
July 29, 2020, 7am PDT
A Portland, Oregon urban planner is pitching the idea of ACUs, or accessory commercial units, as a means of repairing the effects of excluding retails uses from residential neighborhoods.
Fast Company
Blog post
July 22, 2020, 7am PDT
Nolan Gray of George Mason University and Adam A. Millsap of the Charles Koch Institute write about a recent article they authored in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
JPER
June 22, 2020, 5am PDT
Miami 21 was approved in 2009 and heralded as a sign of a new era in zoning. Since then, Miami 21 has been both credited and blamed for the city's transformation.
Miami Herald
June 16, 2020, 8am PDT
California has traditionally granted environmental exemptions to large projects like football stadiums, a practice criticized by environmentalists and urbanists alike. SB 288 would change that, with exemptions for sustainable transportation projects.
San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2020, 12pm PST
Houston is famous in planning circles for lacking a zoning code, but that doesn't mean planners don't have plenty of tools to determine the future of the city.
Planning Magazine
January 24, 2020, 5am PST
The high costs of housing development do not fit a convenient narrative, according to new analysis by Jenny Schuetz from the Brookings Institution.
Brookings
January 21, 2020, 11am PST
Housing deregulation for the sake of housing affordability made progress in both Democratic- and Republican-led states last year.
City Journal
January 8, 2020, 9am PST
State and local lawmakers hope that recent reforms to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act are only an initial step toward ending the law's use as a tool for delaying affordable housing plans.
Crosscut
December 19, 2019, 7am PST
The Height Act is up for debate again in Washington, D.C., amidst an emotional debate about housing affordability.
WAMU
October 22, 2019, 6am PDT
The D.C. Zoning Commission delayed a decision that would be the final step toward legalizing Airbnb and other short-term rental companies operating in Washington, D.C.
WAMU
October 17, 2019, 1pm PDT
The city of Minneapolis approved an interim inclusionary zoning measure in December 2018, but very few projects were subject to the policy. Supporters and opponents of the policy are sparring over the policy's future.
MinnPost
October 16, 2019, 6am PDT
Noise and smeall are the common complaints as more residents of urban areas bring animals to their home to live more sustainably.
Chicago Tribune
September 19, 2019, 1pm PDT
The first deliverable in the process of updating the city of Detroit's zoning ordinance is publically available.
Curbed Detroit
August 13, 2019, 8am PDT
Reform of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is underway at the local level after a new state bill offered "safe harbor" under the law for a menu of land use and development reforms.
The Urbanist
August 11, 2019, 9am PDT
Development impact fees in California triple the national average. A bill in the State Legislature would reform the state's development fees, as one measure in an effort to build more housing in the state.
The Mercury News
August 7, 2019, 5am PDT
Looking for a way to describe zoning codes, and their role in city planning, to a newcomer to the field? Maybe start here.
CityLab
April 6, 2019, 11am PDT
Japan's system of zoning appears highly capable of fostering mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods. How does Japanese zoning differ from our own, and what factors caused those differences?
Market Urbanism
March 5, 2019, 9am PST
Rent control is gaining popularity in cities and states around the country. Some economists urge caution when considering this form of tenant protection.
Brookings
March 5, 2019, 8am PST
A potentially radical point of view that must be considered by planners: moving the field forward will require soul searching that confronts an overcomes the disposition and exploitation that defined the past and continues to influence the future.
Progressive City