State Preemption

June 9, 2019, 9am PDT
"This particular solution, which has been very controversial in the Legislature, is not very controversial when it comes to the general public."
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2019, 8am PDT
Local control loses ground to provincial preemption north of the border.
CP 24
June 3, 2019, 10am PDT
The state of Texas decided to preempt local traffic safety laws by banning all red light camera programs.
KVUE
May 25, 2019, 9am PDT
A new law, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds this week, will require extra steps of local officials before they can raise property taxes in the state of Iowa.
Cedar Rapids Gazette
May 25, 2019, 5am PDT
The housing crisis isn't the same in every corner of New York State, but new rent control measures in the state legislature could apply solutions intended for the New York City rental market to the entire state.
The Buffalo News
May 21, 2019, 9am PDT
The great battle between local control and state preemption shifts focus again in California. This time micromobility, electric scooters and the like, are on the front line of the conflict.
CityLab
May 17, 2019, 7am PDT
Washington's House Bill 1923 is one of a number of bills under consideration this year on the West Coast that attempts to leverage the power of the state for the sake of new development.
The Urbanist
Blog post
April 17, 2019, 2pm PDT
Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a plan to replace Toronto's subway expansion plans with a vision of his own. Reactions have been pouring in ever since.
James Brasuell
April 10, 2019, 2pm PDT
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a new plan for subway expansion in Toronto today.
Toronto Star
April 10, 2019, 12pm PDT
University of California, Berkeley researchers have mapped the impact of SB 50, a bill that would allow new density around train stations and bus stops in cities all over the state of California.
Curbed Los Angeles
April 10, 2019, 9am PDT
All of Portland's 3,000 miles of residential streets now have a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. Similar changes could be coming to more Oregon cities in the future.
The Oregonian
April 10, 2019, 7am PDT
A committee chair changed his mind about the consequences of a bill that would ban red light cameras in the entire state of Texas. The legislator didn't want, to paraphrase, blood on his hands.
The Dallas Morning News
April 9, 2019, 8am PDT
The National League of Cities has a new report surveying local tools for addressing the housing affordability crisis. State partnerships are included.
Governing
March 10, 2019, 1pm PDT
Analyzing the potential outcomes of Senate Bill 10, one of two statewide upzoning bills under consideration in the state of Oregon this year.
Sightline Institute
February 27, 2019, 11am PST
Democratic legislators made short work of a huge shift in housing policy.
KUOW
February 27, 2019, 8am PST
The state of Arizona doesn't allow local jurisdictions to charge affordable housing fees for new developments, so the city of Phoenix is offering tax breaks as an incentive instead.
Arizona Republic
February 20, 2019, 10am PST
The Oregon Legislature is already considering one of the most sweeping and ambitious statewide land use reform bills in the country. A new bill would allow even more density around transit stations.
Willamette Week
February 19, 2019, 9am PST
Democratic legislators in Oregon are pushing hard to approve a statewide rent control bill that would be the first of its kind in the United States.
Oregon Public Broadcasting
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
January 31, 2019, 2pm PST
If it approves HB 1797, Washington will pace the rest of the nation (even California and Oregon) on reforming zoning to allow more accessory dwelling units.
Sightline Institute