Zoning

January 26, 2015, 10am PST
Vancouver created its MX zone as a solution to a persistent challenge for planners—how to retain industrial jobs and affordable housing in downtowns.
The Globe and Mail
December 23, 2014, 5am PST
A big picture explanation, with case studies, of why New York's newest wave of commercial businesses won't leave their mark on the city like it might have in the past.
New York YIMBY
November 18, 2014, 9am PST
When Los Angeles County Planner Jonathan P. Bell wrote about informal housing in the region, several commenters responded. So Bell decided to answer questions and critics.
UrbDeZine
October 16, 2014, 7am PDT
While streamlining and anti-NIMBYism are in vogue, Murtaza Baxamusa reminds us what's really at stake.
UrbDeZine
October 4, 2014, 7am PDT
For planners, the key to moving a city’s vision for development forward is to value public as well as private investment in projects, according to urban planner and author Howard M. Blackson III.
UrbDeZine
Blog post
September 8, 2014, 5am PDT
With an increasing reliance on development regulations and requirements on land owners to satisfy policy goals, are we approaching an unsustainable point in land use controls?
Reuben Duarte
August 25, 2014, 7am PDT
Efforts to regulate the use of drones within the United States have consisted entirely of banning their use, rather than taking advantage of their utility. Yet an alternative approach does exist, relying on municipal zoning ordinances.
Popular Science
July 30, 2014, 11am PDT
The "9x18" design team (named after the dimensions of a standard parking space) has evaluated and reimagined New York's parking regulations so they reflect actual parking demand and support affordable housing goals.
Architizer
July 27, 2014, 9am PDT
A review of Art Share LA by Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau.
UrbDeZine
July 8, 2014, 12pm PDT
Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic Inga Saffron writes of a possible political awakening among Millennials in Philadelphia in response to the old guard's efforts to stifle progressive parking and zoning decisions.
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2014, 11am PDT
An academic look at unauthorized housing in the Los Angeles area: Interview of Jacob Wegmann by Los Angeles County Planner Jonathan Bell
UrbDeZine
Blog post
May 22, 2014, 10pm PDT
When should a city give neighborhood concerns weight, and when should a state or city create clear-cut rules that limit planners' discretion to consider neighborhood concerns?
Michael Lewyn
May 13, 2014, 11am PDT
The Philadelphia City Council has been busy, proposing multiple bills to rezone a few neighborhoods and parcels around the city. Many of the proposed changes follow the guidance on the city's Philadelphia2035.
PlanPhilly
May 6, 2014, 5am PDT
Buffalo recently released the draft of its new Green Code, which includes a Land Use Plan, Unified Development Ordinance, Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, Brownfield Opportunity Areas, and Urban Renewal Plans. Mark Sommer reports.
Buffalo News
Blog post
May 5, 2014, 8am PDT
Homeowners' desire for more expensive land does not justify the "NIMBY veto" over new development.
Michael Lewyn
May 2, 2014, 12pm PDT
A judge's ruling provides a way forward for the proposed Ashby high rise development in Houston—a 21-story residential building that provoked a lawsuit by neighbors who have little recourse to protest developments in their city.
Houston Chronicle
April 29, 2014, 7am PDT
A dissenting argument claims that the efforts of "affluent urban pioneers" to increase supply in the most desirable urban areas will do more harm than good.
The Corner Side Yard
April 28, 2014, 10am PDT
As Portland accepts comments for its Comprehensive Plan update, one writer asks why so much of the city's zoning prohibits multi-family housing—especially as the cost of rent has increased by double-digit percentages in the past year.
BikePortland
Blog post
April 26, 2014, 10pm PDT
Although suburbs with college campuses are often eager to zone out students, this sort of exclusionary zoning has its own negative side effects.
Michael Lewyn
April 26, 2014, 5am PDT
Household formations and the tight mortgage market are one thing, but a recent article on Vox examines the role of zoning—and the NIMBYs that control it—in the housing market's stagnating influence on the national economy.
Vox