Zoning Codes

Central Los Angeles

L.A. Planners Working to Shift Affordable Housing Distribution for More Equitable Results

Almost all the affordable housing development in L.A. in the past decade has occurred in majority-minority neighborhoods. The L.A. Department of City Planning is looking for ways to make sure high-income areas do more of their fair share.

June 9, 2021 - Urbanize LA

Cruise Ships

San Diego Could Expand Parking Reforms to Non-Residential Land Uses

A proposed code amendment would expand parking reforms implemented by San Diego in 2019.

June 7, 2021 - NBC San Diego

Building Heights and Step-Backs

What Are Height Limits?

Height limits are a critical component of almost every zoning code in the United States.

June 3, 2021 - James Brasuell

Car Traffic

Fourplexes on the Legislative Agenda in San Francisco

San Francisco, the poster child for runaway housing costs and displacement of existing residential populations, could be on the cusp of a change of plans.

May 18, 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle

Downtown St. Paul

Parking Reforms Under Consideration in St. Paul

Two options for significant parking reforms are under consideration in St. Paul. The City Council could decide to eliminate parking requirements entirely as soon as this summer.

May 13, 2021 - Pioneer Press

Cleveland Park, D.C.

How Historic Districts Supersede Local Zoning Regulations

How one historic district in a growing corner of Washington, D.C. is able to effect downzoning.

May 7, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Houston, Construction

Watch: Debunking Myths About Houston's Lack of Zoning

A video published last week by City Beautiful reveals the myths and misconceptions of Houston's land use regulation system.

April 29, 2021 - City Beautiful


Special Permits Could Be Required for Hotel Development in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing ahead with a controversial approval step for hotel development, despite the warnings of city budget office staff about the long-term consequences of the move.

April 29, 2021 - The New York Times

Columbus Ohio

Ohio Economists: Relax Zoning to Lower Housing Costs

A panel of Ohio economists make the case for more multi-family housing and businesses in single-family neighborhoods.

April 22, 2021 - Ohio Capital Journal

Construction Industry

How Parking Reform Changed Development in Buffalo

New research quantifies the effect of parking reforms implemented by the city of Buffalo in 2017.

April 8, 2021 - Sidewalk Talk

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