Upzoning

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Lawsuit Contests End of of Single-Family Zoning in Alexandria

The legal challenge is the latest filed against similar zoning reform efforts around the country.

January 24, 2024 - The Washington Post

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Portland, Maine Embraces Zoning Reform for Multifamily Housing

The Portland City Council amended the land use code to allow up to four units on all residential lots on the mainland, and up to three on island lots. It also eliminated parking requirements for these uses.

December 27, 2023 - The Portland Townsman

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Upzoning Affordability Impacts: The Latest Research

There are new controversies concerning how upzoning affects housing supply and affordability, and new research to help planners understand these issues.

December 26, 2023 - Supply Skepticism Revisited

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Zoning Reform Faces Uphill Battle in Dallas

Proposals to boost housing production through ‘gentle density’ increases face strong opposition from residents concerned about losing single-family neighborhoods.

December 24, 2023 - D Magazine

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Texas Judge Reverses Three Austin Zoning Reforms

The ruling impacts ordinances passed in 2022 aimed at increasing housing density and supporting mixed-use development.

December 14, 2023 - Austin Monitor

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Will Salt Lake City’s Zoning Reforms Create More Affordable Housing?

The city’s new rules allow for more flexibility in housing development, but other market forces could limit production.

December 13, 2023 - KUER

Neighborhood of large houses in suburban Austin, Texas.

Austin Approves Upzoning

Combined with the recent decision to eliminate parking minimums, the move to end single-family zoning could help make housing more affordable.

December 13, 2023 - The Austin Chronicle

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North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Could Upzone for Mixed-Use, Housing

A new proposal reimagines the primarily industrial and office-oriented area to a ‘15-minute city.’

December 12, 2023 - The News & Observer

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Newton Passes Upzoning to Comply With MBTA Communities Act

The Massachusetts city will permit multifamily housing in some of its ‘village centers’ to comply with state law.

December 10, 2023 - Mass Live

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Sacramento Council Approves Upzoning Proposal

If given final approval, the plan would increase the allowable floor area ratio to permit denser housing development in single-family neighborhoods and near transit.

December 4, 2023 - Sacramento Business Journal

Aerial view of suburb outside Dallas, Texas with large single-family houses with enclosed backyards and green lawns.

The Rise of Zoning Reform

As the housing affordability crisis spread from mainly coastal cities to the rest of the nation, cities and states are taking a serious look at outdated zoning codes that hamper efforts to build more housing.

November 29, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Reno Revisits Zoning Reform

After roundly rejecting a proposal to legalize granny flats in 2018, the city council is revising it and other zoning reform proposals that could increase the city’s affordable housing supply.

November 3, 2023 - Fox Reno

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St. Paul Approves Zoning Reforms

The zoning updates will permit multi-unit housing and promote transit-oriented development to boost the city’s housing supply.

October 20, 2023 - Pioneer Press

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Alexandria Residents Weigh in on Zoning Reform

The city’s proposed ‘Zoning for Housing’ is drawing criticism from multiple sides.

October 15, 2023 - DCist

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Will New York ‘City of Yes’ Proposal Make an Impact?

Some housing experts say the rezoning plan is not nearly ambitious enough to make a dent in the city’s housing crisis.

October 9, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Seattle Passes Downtown Zoning Reforms

The changes, part of the mayor’s Downtown Activation Plan, make way for more residential development in the city’s downtown core.

October 2, 2023 - The Urbanist

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Opinion: After Rent Stabilization, More Action Needed to Make Housing Affordable

Montgomery County just passed a slew of regulatory and legislative changes aimed at improving affordable housing. One writer suggests several more.

September 28, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

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ADU Permits Spike in Sacramento County

Backyard cottages, known as accessory dwelling units, are touted as one solution to the rising cost of housing.

September 14, 2023 - KCRA

Teal and blue two-story houses in Seattle's historic Queen Anne neighborhood

Opinion: Form-Based Codes Could Harm Seattle’s Housing Affordability

Form-based zoning codes can encourage mixed-use development and walkable neighborhoods, but focusing too much on aesthetic elements can drive up the cost of housing.

July 27, 2023 - The Urbanist

Aerial view of large single-family homes in Vancouver, BC suburb

Vancouver Poised to Increase Residential Zoning

The city council will vote on a proposal to eliminate single-family only zoning in favor of rules that would allow up to six units per residential lot.

July 26, 2023 - The Globe and Mail

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