Zoning

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Chicago Cityscape
Feature
November 8, 2017, 8am PST
An interview with Houston Planning Director Patrick Walsh, conducted after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the city and reduced its planning and infrastructure to a talking point for pundits. It's time to let the locals do the talking.
Josh Stephens
November 2, 2017, 5am PDT
Now open for public comment, a proposed rewrite to the county's zoning code embraces green buildings, lower parking minimums, and increased public engagement by developers.
Greater Greater Washington
October 30, 2017, 1pm PDT
Plans for an 800-foot tower have attracted well-funded opposition from a community group. Its campaign to regulate the structure's height has spiraled into a big fight.
Politico
Blog post
October 16, 2017, 7am PDT
By defining "externalities" as impacts of private conduct, economists and lawyers bias public discussion in favor of government regulation.
Michael Lewyn
October 3, 2017, 1pm PDT
Zoning might not have saved Houston from Harvey, but a strong floodplain ordinance would have, according to an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle
September 24, 2017, 11am PDT
Bodegas play an essential role in the communities they serve. Under threat by online retail and encroaching chain stores, they face a new danger from technology. New York YIMBY gives them a well-deserved shout-out.
New York YIMBY
September 20, 2017, 12pm PDT
There's plenty of housing available in Downtown L.A. for the wealthy but, while those apartments sit empty, many looking for housing find costs too high to pay.
KPCC
September 4, 2017, 7am PDT
As Houston's flood waters recede and attention turns from rescue to recovery and soon rebuilding, critics have pointed to the city's lack of zoning as the cause of the devastation. But are they looking in the right direction?
New York Magazine
Blog post
August 30, 2017, 11am PDT
Houston's flooding might be mitigated by land use regulation- but not the type of regulations that most cities have.
Michael Lewyn
August 28, 2017, 6am PDT
The Housing Department also found that inclusionary zoning (IZ) has not adversely impacted new development.
Washington City Paper
August 10, 2017, 9am PDT
In addition to a contemporary vision for Downtown, the plan debuts a new approach to zoning that could help transform the entire city.
The Planning Report
August 8, 2017, 1pm PDT
An editorial in the New York Times argues that exclusionary zoning reinforces segregation and must be curbed.
The New York Times
Blog post
August 7, 2017, 5am PDT
Visiting the city without zoning.
Michael Lewyn
July 23, 2017, 7am PDT
New York's ability to feed itself with locally grown urban agriculture is only being partially realized. Better planning, specific to urban agriculture, would help.
The Wall Street Journal
Feature
July 20, 2017, 9am PDT
The path to business success occasionally passes through the garage—famously demonstrated by industry titans like Amazon or Hewlett Packard. Zoning codes should encourage, not obstruct, these kinds of American success stories.
Olivia Gonzalez, Nolan Gray
Blog post
July 11, 2017, 10am PDT
Some argue that neighborhoods will be willing to accept new housing as long as it is high quality; this argument overlooks a wide variety of other objections to new housing.
Michael Lewyn
July 5, 2017, 9am PDT
New housing development is off to a slow start in Los Angeles in 2017. Although the city defeated an anti-growth ballot measure, LA is still faced with a number of policy and legal challenges to building an adequate supply of affordable housing.
The Planning Report
June 20, 2017, 6am PDT
If passed, St. Louis's new zoning regulations will allow residents of St. Louis to keep up to eight rabbits or chickens, among other animals.
Next City
June 19, 2017, 10am PDT
The city of Des Plaines, Illinois has entered into a consent decree with the Justice Department to ensure it acts in accordance with the law regarding future zoning requests from religious institutions.
Chicago Tribune