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An opinion piece makes the case that a rezoning proposal for the Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus has a higher potential for new affordable housing and lower risk of displacement compared to other rezoning plans in the city.
City Limits
September 8, 2020, 6am PDT
Looking for change in the housing supply? "Don't stop at the zoning code and think you're done. There's so much work left to do."
Strong Towns
September 2, 2020, 7am PDT
As one of the first city's to comprehensively allow for residential density, Minneapolis was probably hoping for more than what it's achieved so far.
City Pages
September 1, 2020, 7am PDT
Long Beach, California is the latest city to consider small residential units, 350 square feet and smaller, as one way to combat the rising cost of housing.
Signal Tribune
August 23, 2020, 7am PDT
Missing Middle Housing, the kinds of additional density that can be added with limited construction on a footprint the size of traditional single-family homes, is gaining momentum in the D.C. region.
Greater Greater Washington
August 21, 2020, 6am PDT
As reported earlier this month, the Massachusetts Legislature is poised to approve historic statewide land use reforms that would preempt local control of residential development. Here's a detailed account of how the state arrived at this moment.
Shelterforce Magazine
August 17, 2020, 12pm PDT
SB 1120 is the latest law proposed in the California Legislature to preempt restrictive local zoning.
Terner Center for Housing Innovation
August 16, 2020, 11am PDT
A new report presents five strategies for overcoming the long-term effects of systemic racism as perpetuated by housing and planning policies of the past and present.
Othering and Belonging Institute
August 13, 2020, 8am PDT
Faisal Roble, the newly appointed chief equity officer of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, will be tasked with crafting a Racial Equity Action Plan for the department.
MyNewsLA
August 13, 2020, 5am PDT
After several failed attempts, Massachusetts Legislature is close to a breakthrough on the Housing Choice initiative proposed by Governor Baker as a tool for generating a lot of new housing supply in the state.
The Boston Globe
August 12, 2020, 8am PDT
The Portland Residential Infill Project is expected for approval by the Portland City Council today, culminating a six year process that became more and more ambitious with every iteration.
Sightline Institute
April 2, 2017, 1pm PDT
After the defeat of Measure S, Los Angeles Planning Director Vince Bertoni explains how a slew of new planning reforms will help move the city forward.
The Planning Report
September 8, 2016, 8am PDT
A tradition as old as the Planning Department itself: proposing reforms to the planning and development approvals process in the city of Los Angeles.
Urbanize LA
June 1, 2013, 9am PDT
City leaders from the Mayor on down recognize that infill development is necessary to create a more livable Los Angeles. So why does the public sector allow so many obstacles to stand in the way of small-scale development?
The Architect's Newspaper
September 19, 2011, 10am PDT
The U.K. government is determined to "simplify and speed up" the planning process at all levels, but the National Trust is staking ground against the measures, saying they would result in "Los Angeles-style" development patterns.
The Mail Online