Zoning Reform

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Charlottesville Adopts New Zoning Code

The revised ordinance calls for higher density and more affordable housing.

February 26, 2024 - The Cavalier Daily

Aerial view of housing and freeway in Cupertino, California.

Proposal Would Link Highway Funding to Zoning

Experts argue that zoning, housing, and transportation policy are intimately linked.

February 22, 2024 - Federation of American Scientists

Newly constructed houses in Tempe, Arizona.

Arizona State Lawmakers Seek to Override Local Zoning to Spur Housing Development

The proposal would eliminate minimum lot sizes, setback requirements of more than five feet, minimum square footage, and “neighborhood character” requirements.

February 15, 2024 - East Valley Tribune

Three-story multifamily modern housing in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas City Council Debates Comprehensive Plan

Some councilmembers worry the ForwardDallas plan will eliminate single-family zoning, but proponents say the proposed changes are necessary to maintain an adequate housing supply in the growing city.

February 14, 2024 - Candy's Dirt

Neighborhood in Dallas, Texas

A Survey of Texas Zoning Reform

Zoning changes at the local and state levels are making it easier and faster to build housing.

February 6, 2024 - The Dallas Morning News

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Opinion: Austin Zoning Reform Won’t Have Major Impact

Despite heated controversy, some experts believe the zoning changes made last year won’t make a significant dent in the local housing crisis.

February 4, 2024 - Forbes

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How a National Zoning Atlas Can Clarify a Legal Patchwork

A massive effort is underway to compile local zoning regulations and other laws that impact how and where housing is built.

February 1, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

Aerial view of church and houses in Richmond, Virginia.

Church Housing Movement Takes Hold in Virginia

A Richmond-based congregation plans to build over 200 units on its property, and a proposed state law could lead to more projects like it.

January 31, 2024 - Next City

Aerial view of suburban Fremont, California.

California Housing Advocates Closely Watching Bay Area Rezoning Deadline

California’s reaction to cities that fail to submit compliant zoning plans could reverberate across the state as other regions near their deadlines.

January 30, 2024 - CALmatters

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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

Bird's eye view of historic single-family home neigthborhood in Stratford, Connecticut.

Connecticut Housing Advocates Call for Zoning Reform

A new report highlights a growing affordability crisis, calling for state-level zoning changes and renter protections.

January 22, 2024 - CT News Junkie

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State-Level Land Use Reform Gains Strength

More state legislatures are considering stricter land use and zoning regulations as a solution to the housing crisis. Some local jurisdictions are pushing back.

January 16, 2024 - Route Fifty

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Boston Zoning Commission to Consider ‘Squares and Streets’ Plan

The proposal would reduce barriers to the development of denser housing.

January 16, 2024 - The Boston Globe

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Portland Council to Consider Zoning Amendments

The proposed zoning and land use changes would offer bigger incentives for developers of ‘moderately priced’ housing and relax some restrictions that builders say drive up the cost of construction.

January 15, 2024 - The Oregonian

Aerial view of Fort Collins, Colorado on sunny day with mountains in background.

Colorado Lawmakers Renew Zoning Reform Efforts

The state legislature will consider a package of land use laws aimed at increasing the housing supply and reducing housing costs.

January 11, 2024 - Greeley Tribune

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Zoning Reform Is Working in Minneapolis

The city has grown its housing stock and limited rent cost increase to just 1 percent.

January 9, 2024 - Route Fifty

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Planning Year in Review 2023: Zoning Reform, a Rail Revolution, and Climate Realities

Last year’s most talked-about planning issues and news.

January 8, 2024 - Diana Ionescu

Colorful multistory apartment buildings next to BART transit station in Pleasanton, California.

The Symbiotic Relationship of Housing and Transit

Building more housing near transit can improve housing affordability and boost ridership on struggling systems.

January 7, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Washington State Legislature Could Continue Housing Reforms in 2024

2023 saw some victories and some setbacks for housing advocates. Lawmakers plan to continue the fight in 2024.

January 4, 2024 - The Urbanist

Aerial view of Whitefish, Montana with fall colors and mountains in background.

Montana Judge Blocks Zoning Reforms

The decision reverses new laws once dubbed the ‘Montana Miracle.’

January 3, 2024 - Reason

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