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February 28, 2019, 11am PST
New Jersey is considering a law that would give cities the option of implementing a new 3.5% parking tax on public and private parking facilities.
Smart Cities Dive
February 16, 2019, 11am PST
The city of Portland wants more local control when it comes to determining matters of historic preservation.
The Oregonian
February 14, 2019, 9am PST
Local planners and elected officials are expressing their opinions about Oregon's House Bill 2001, which would allow fourplexes on single-family residential units around the state.
The Oregonian
February 12, 2019, 6am PST
State legislators want counties to be able to veto toll projects proposed by Governor Larry Hogan.
The Washington Post
January 29, 2019, 1pm PST
Dane County, Wisconsin, which includes the city of Madison, has rewritten its zoning code to address a changing economy and a state-mandated system of local control.
Waunakee Tribune
January 27, 2019, 1pm PST
California's new governor has sent a strong signal to local governments: build housing to comply with state law or else.
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2018, 9am PST
Legislation in Oregon would follow the lead of Minneapolis in overturning single-family zoning—for all cities in the state with more than 10,000 residents.
Willamette Week
November 28, 2018, 12pm PST
The new ordinance brings long-awaited legal legitimacy to sidewalk vending in Los Angeles.
Streetsblog LA
November 5, 2018, 9am PST
Past examples of state and provincial governments preempting the land use authority of local governments present several lessons on how to do state-mandated upzoning effectively.
Sightline Institute
October 30, 2018, 12pm PDT
Cities want more control over the deployment of 5G technology. The federal government has been working to limit local regulatory powers over new wireless technology.
Bloomberg
October 23, 2018, 9am PDT
The public and the "urbanism cognoscenti" do not see eye to eye when it comes to housing policy. A new survey makes the disconnect in opinions on matters of supply, regulations, and affordable housing very clear.
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2018, 10am PDT
California gets most of the attention, but states all over the country are removing some of the vestiges of local control to help spur housing development, require affordable housing, and control the skyrocketing cost of housing.
Pew Stateline
October 11, 2018, 7am PDT
It received a lot of press, but ultimately California's Senate Bill 827 went nowhere. Now, the state senator who introduced the bill is working with advocates who opposed it on another version that just might have better chances.
Curbed Los Angeles
October 1, 2018, 12pm PDT
Under a law signed today by Governor Jerry Brown, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) gains the power to rezone its properties. It's a decisive victory for state preemption over local control in the face of California's housing crisis.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 25, 2018, 10am PDT
The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act probably has no chance of passing into law, but it's still the most substantial gesture toward housing policy by a member of Congress since the subprime crisis of 2008.
The Atlantic
September 19, 2018, 12pm PDT
A new state law meant to overcome local barriers to development is having its first big test run in Cupertino, California.
The Mercury News
Blog post
August 1, 2018, 12pm PDT

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development devoted an entire issue of a quarterly newsletter to land use regulations and the idea that local laws are strangling the nation's supply of affordable housing.

James Brasuell
August 1, 2018, 8am PDT
Detroit has been fighting some of the provisions of a statewide voter initiative while trying to control an expected proliferation of pot shops around the city.
Detroit Free Press
June 26, 2018, 11am PDT
The Los Angeles Times editorial board has strong words for the Los Angeles City Council about planning for transit oriented development.
Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2018, 9am PDT
California State Sen. Ben Allen has authored SB 961 to finance optional neighborhood infill TOD districts, with support from fellow legislators. Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand is considering an initiative to protect local zoning.
The Planning Report