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Yesterday
The city that invented single-family zoning in 1916, for discriminatory purposes, will completely remove that exclusionary legacy from its zoning code.
San Francisco Chronicle
Yesterday
A study of real estate values in Seattle found that townhomes have helped diversify neighborhoods and increase affordability.
KUOW
2 days ago
A proposal in Snohomish County, Washington could raise the lot coverage limits in medium density residential zones to allow for more usable square footage.
The Urbanist
2 days ago
The Boston Zoning Code is one of the first in the nation to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
Shelterforce Magazine
6 days ago
A glut of new housing and development research has been published recently, shedding new light on some of the most fundamental questions of contemporary planning.
UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
February 11, 2021, 8am PST
In January, the Sacramento City Council took first steps toward ending single-family zoning citywide. The decision has provoked controversy that is influencing the next steps in the process.
Los Angeles Times
January 29, 2021, 8am PST
Recently approved laws that force cities to take a more proactive approach to the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Assessment process are beginning to take effect in California.
San Francisco Weekly
January 29, 2021, 6am PST
A new online interactive mapping tool illustrates just how much developable land is devoted to one for of residential housing in the state of Connecticut.
Hartford Courant
January 28, 2021, 5am PST
Advocates have been calling for the New York State Legislature to legalize accessory dwelling units for years. A new law would take the first step.
New York ADU Legislation
January 27, 2021, 8am PST
Berkeley is the second city in Northern California to approve landmark zoning reforms so far in 2021.
Streetsblog USA
January 26, 2021, 11am PST
Tacoma is looking to expand on the accessory dwelling unit reforms of the Home in Tacoma project by planning for new residential density along the city's transit routes.
The Urbanist
January 22, 2021, 6am PST
A plan included in New York Gov. Andre Cuomo's draft 2022 budget will make it easier to do adaptive reuse for new housing in New York City.
The Real Deal
January 20, 2021, 12pm PST
The Sacramento City Council took steps toward an updated General Plan that includes a variety of innovative planning proposals, including the elimination of single-family zoning by allowing up to four dwelling units on all residential parcels.
Sacramento Bee
January 20, 2021, 7am PST
The "Atlanta City Design: Housing" initiative is one of the most ambitious planning reform efforts of any large U.S. city, but it's just getting started.
City Monitor
January 7, 2021, 8am PST
A city of about 40,000 residents across the Puget Sound from Seattle has relaxed zoning regulations to entice more homeowners to build accessory dwelling units.
The Urbanist
January 7, 2021, 5am PST
The Housing Choice initiative, one of the country's most sweeping planning and development reforms to date, was included in a large economic development package approved by the Massachusetts Legislature earlier this week.
Mass Live
December 18, 2020, 5am PST
The New York City Council this week released a report that suggest the city do away with its "piecemeal" approach to planning in favor of a new comprehensive planning framework.
New York City Council
November 11, 2020, 5am PST
A new report by the Urban Institute examines the consequences of small differences in land use regulations.
Greater Greater Washington
October 19, 2020, 12pm PDT
Another corruption scandal involving a Los Angeles city councilmember highlights the urgent need for major planning changes in the city.
Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2020, 6am PDT
A plan is only as good as its implementation, and so the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan needs the right zoning code to achieve its lofty goals.
Streets MN