State Control

HUD

HUD Took a Strong Stance Against Local Control and Hardly Anyone Noticed

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.

August 1, 2018 - James Brasuell

Louisiana State Senate Votes to Preempt Locals on Inclusionary Zoning

Earlier this week, the Louisiana State Senate approved SB 462, which preempts local authorities from approving inclusionary zoning.

April 13, 2018 - The New Orleans Advocate

Nashville

Tennessee Legislature Blocks Nashville's 2016 Inclusionary Zoning Policy

Republicans in the Tennessee State Legislature made sure Nashville will never know if its inclusionary zoning policy would have delivered affordable housing in the city.

April 2, 2018 - Tennessean

Cupertino

'By-Right' Housing Law a Shot in the Arm for California Housing Developments

The effect of SB 35 on development projects in California might be more significant than YIMBYs have imagined, after a second project forges ahead confident in the support of state law for a large development.

March 28, 2018 - The Mercury News

Main Street

National League of Cities to Study State Preemption of Local Laws

The mission of the National League of Cities is to advocate for cities—and the organization is now gathering evidence to push back on growing amount of state preemption of local control.

March 27, 2018 - CitiesSpeak

Los Angeles Smog

More National Attention Focused on Controversial California Housing Bill

Conor Dougherty, a Bay Area-based New York Times economics reporter, and Brad Plumer, a Times climate reporter, team-up to tackle the controversy surrounding SB 827 that has hit a raw nerve with groups that purport to support the bill's goals.

March 20, 2018 - The New York Times

California State Capital

Amendments Proposed for California's Landmark Pro-Housing Development Legislation

Amendments are circulating for one of the most-closely watched, and passionately debated, pieces of housing legislation in the country.

March 5, 2018 - Medium

Marijuana

Detroit Approves Moratorium on New Marijuana Dispensaries

Michigan voters decided that the Detroit City Council shouldn't have as much power to limit marijuana in their city, so the Detroit City Council shut it all down.

February 15, 2018 - The Detroit Free Press

California

A Pro-Housing Policy List of Your Wildest YIMBY Dreams

This list is a wishlist of the most ambitious possible YIMBY political platform.

January 14, 2018 - Urbanize LA

Internet Infrastructure

Governor's Veto Gives Locals Control Over 5G Infrastructure in California

A bill designed to streamline the implementation of 5G Internet infrastructure onto public poles and lights has been vetoed by California Governor Jerry Brown.

October 16, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

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