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Zoning Reform

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The Vermont State Senate voted unanimously to approve legislation that would reduce barriers to more compact residential development. The Vermont House of Representatives is up next.
CNU Public Square
July 20, 2020, 9am PDT
DesegregateCT is a growing coalition of groups coalescing behind ideas like Missing Middle Housing and zoning reform as a means to improved housing affordability.
Hartford Courant
June 14, 2020, 7am PDT
An opinion piece calls out suburban communities for perpetuating structural inequality and housing discrimination. Recently converted social justice advocates should focus their zeal on zoning reform, according to the argument that follows.
Louisville Courier Journal
June 3, 2020, 9am PDT
The processes of clearing land, building foundations, and making space for parking are three of the most expensive components of the construction process. Zoning can help reduce the costs to deliver more affordable housing supply.
Brookings
May 15, 2020, 6am PDT
A trend toward allowing restaurants and retailers to expand operations to the public realm outside their brick and mortar confines is quickly gaining steam.
The Hill
November 4, 2019, 9am PST
Two community plan updates, to the Central City and the Central City North community plans, comprise the DTLA 2040 plan. DTLA 2040 is also the first showcase for the city's new zoning code system.
Urbanize Los Angeles
September 19, 2019, 1pm PDT
The first deliverable in the process of updating the city of Detroit's zoning ordinance is publically available.
Curbed Detroit
July 30, 2019, 10am PDT
Until now, mixed-use projects have required a lengthy discretionary approval process in San Diego. That could change with a zoning change given preliminary approval by the City Council this week.
Times of San Diego
July 10, 2019, 8am PDT
Non-conforming uses, usually historic buildings that predate the strictures of 20th century zoning codes, can get a little more comfortable under the reforms approved by the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
MinnPost
June 1, 2019, 1pm PDT
Minneapolis has become an inspiration to other cities about how to successfully challenge NIMBY factions that oppose density and zoning reform.
Grist
May 6, 2019, 7am PDT
Easing ADU regulations has led to some new construction in the Twin Cities, but the additional units have made a small dent in the area’s affordable housing problem.
MinnPost
March 20, 2019, 5am PDT
Strong support for local control has made statewide legislation to address the housing affordability crisis difficult to approve in the Bay State.
The Boston Globe
March 15, 2019, 7am PDT
Amarillo, a city of nearly 200,000 residents located in the Texas Panhandle, will rewrite its zoning ordinance for the first time in over 50 years.
Statesman
March 8, 2019, 10am PST
When workers can't afford to live near jobs, the results are more than just housing cost burdens.
Pacific Standard
February 18, 2019, 9am PST
The city of Covington is conducting public hearings to gather feedback on at the outset of an 18-month process of rewriting its zoning code.
City of Covington
January 29, 2019, 1pm PST
Dane County, Wisconsin, which includes the city of Madison, has rewritten its zoning code to address a changing economy and a state-mandated system of local control.
Waunakee Tribune
January 10, 2019, 10am PST
St. Paul, Minnesota, is working on its comprehensive plan, and advocates want to see upzoning changes similar to what happened in Minneapolis.
Star Tribune
January 9, 2019, 1pm PST
Minneapolis is setting a bold example by ending single-family zoning, but chances are a similar change won’t be coming to Philadelphia.
PlanPhilly
January 3, 2019, 12pm PST
State preemption, in the form major zoning reforms and mandates for local housing targets, are on the table in the Utah Legislature this year.
The Salt Lake Tribune
December 26, 2018, 1pm PST
The city is considering zoning updates, including legalization of accessory dwelling units and smaller apartment buildings, which would increase density and provide more housing.
SaportaReport