State Preemption

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How Virginia Counties Use Zoning to Stifle Development

Some state legislators are proposing action at the state level as counties block development using zoning and development requirements even as housing prices rise sharply in the region.

January 23, 2023 - The Virginia Mercury

Portland Condo High-Rise

Zoning Reform: New Politics, Same Old Challenges

The political will for zoning reforms has never been stronger. The traditional opponents of development, however, are still finding ways to push back.

January 11, 2023 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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L.A. Planning Department Adjusts to State Housing Laws

Los Angeles Director of Planning Vince Bertoni was recently interviewed the effects of new state planning and housing laws in the state’s most populous city.

January 3, 2023 - The Planning Report

A surface parking lot, full of cars, is located between tall buildings and urban density.

Court Ruling a Setback for California’s ‘Builder’s Remedy’

A state court has ruled in favor of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ efforts to block a development project despite the state’s efforts to intervene.

November 6, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Cities Plan to Sue Over Oregon’s Parking Reforms

Nine of the 52 cities impacted by the state of Oregon’s parking requirements changes, approved earlier this year, plan to sue to stop the reforms.

October 4, 2022 - The Oregonian

California State Capital

California Continues its Housing Policy Reinvention

It’s no longer business as usual in California when it comes to planning and developing housing.

September 22, 2022 - The New York Times

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TxDOT Blocks San Antonio Bike Lanes

The agency argues that the city cannot introduce lane reductions on a state road, putting a long-planned bike lane project in jeopardy and superseding local decisionmaking.

September 13, 2022 - Governing

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Local Control for Solar; State Preemption for Oil and Gas

A solar energy facility planned for Fairfield County, Ohio is in critical condition after local governments express their displeasure.

September 2, 2022 - Ohio Capital Journal

California State Capital

California Makes Planning History, Resets the Housing Status Quo

The California Legislature this week approved a historic package of bills, including a bill that allows affordable housing on commercially zoned properties and another that removes parking requirements near transit.

September 1, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Connecticut Capitol Building

Connecticut Legislator Pushing for Statewide Rent Control

Extreme price hikes in the for-sale and rental markets are pushing the state of Connecticut to consider statewide rent controls like those adopted by Oregon and California in 2019.

August 26, 2022 - Connecticut Post

Bend, Oregon

Oregon to Reform Parking Requirements in 52 Cities

Oregon, the first state to end single-family zoning statewide, is on the cusp of another historic planning reform as the Land Conservation and Development Commission nears approval for new “Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities” rules.

June 6, 2022 - Sightline Institute

Arizona Suburb

Biden Wants to Incentivize Inclusionary Zoning

Traditionally the purview of local governments, single-family zoning has come under fire as ‘exclusionary.’ Now, the federal government wants to encourage cities to loosen restrictions.

April 18, 2022 - Route Fifty

Protected Bike Lane

Protected Bike Lanes Deliver Numerous Benefits, Study Says. But Is it Enough to Change State Law?

Advocates in Philadelphia are pushing state lawmakers to finally pass a law to make it easier to install protected bike lanes on state routes.

April 13, 2022 - PlanPhilly

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New Hampshire Could Permit Short-Term Rentals Statewide

A proposed bill would prohibit towns and cities from enforcing bans against short-term rental properties.

April 11, 2022 - The Keene Sentinel

Pacific Ocean

More SB9 Drama: L.A. County Cities Sue California

Four Southern California cities are calling SB9 unconstitutional in the fight to retain local control over zoning codes and housing density.

April 4, 2022 - Times of San Diego

Connecticut Capitol Building

Proposed 'Fair Share' Would Assess and Allocate Affordable Housing in Connecticut

The state of Connecticut is looking to take a more aggressive role in allocating affordable housing development requirements around the state.

March 21, 2022 - Hartford Courant

Riverside, California

Opinion: California's Article 34 Drives Segregation and Cripples Affordable Housing. It's Time To Repeal It.

A little-known provision in California's state constitution enables exclusionary policies under the guise of local control.

March 17, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Multi-Family Housing

How Cities Are Resisting State Efforts To Increase Density

Cities are attempting to wrest back local control over land use and zoning via some ingenious—and sometimes disingenuous—strategies.

March 1, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Central Los Angeles

L.A.'s Housing Element, Considered Among California's Most Ambitious, Rejected by State Regulators

The California Housing Department gave credit to Los Angeles for targeting so much growth before telling the city it needed to do more.

February 25, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Roofers stand on top of a residential roof while installing solar panels.

Virginia Law Granting Local Authority for Energy Efficiency Rejected Due to Housing Affordability Concerns

The state preemption pendulum swings again—this time in favor of state preemption of energy efficiency standards in Virginia.

February 9, 2022 - The Virginia Mercury

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