November 18, 2016, 11am PST
Comprehensive plans can be big and unwieldy. Luckily for Washington, D.C., there are two maps that unlock of the plan's meaning.
Greater Greater Washington
November 3, 2016, 8am PDT
Portland is expecting 123,000 new households in the city by 2035, so it's proposed a new residential infill policy to accommodate all those people. A new report argues, however, that the policy could have a chilling effect on infill development.
Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 27, 2016, 7am PDT
The Baltimore City Council granted initial approval for the city's first zoning code overhaul in over 40 years.
October 24, 2016, 8am PDT
The Akron City Council will this week decide on legislation that could at it to the roster of cities that have reformed parking requirements.
October 22, 2016, 1pm PDT
Many cities popular with tourists are dealing with the effects of a proliferation of short-term rental properties (brokered through the use of online platforms like Airbnb). New Orleans just took steps to legalize, but limit, short-term rentals.
August 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
The ghosts of the Mission Moratorium have returned to San Francisco, after a local supervisor has called for a halt to three projects while the city crafts legislation to regulate development in the neighborhood.
July 13, 2016, 10am PDT
A brief by the Cato Institute describes historic preservation laws as arbitrary and ambiguous. A case before the Supreme Court could decide on either side of the issue.
July 6, 2016, 11am PDT
The New York Times devotes significant ink to an argument against the use of zoning laws as tools of anti-growth politics.
June 22, 2016, 11am PDT
Residents in towns around Pennsylvania are calling for regulations to better understand and mitigate the impacts of large digital and static billboards.
June 14, 2016, 8am PDT
A new ordinance approved by the Denver City Council yesterday grants legitimacy to an "already flourishing vacation rental market."
May 9, 2016, 5am PDT
Urbanists, test your knowledge of urban economics. Familiar with the concept of agglomeration externality? Finance professor and Bloomberg View writer Noah Smith opines it's a major reason why American cities are not as productive as they should be.
February 25, 2016, 8am PST
Move over "Neighborhood Integrity Initiative." The "Build Better LA" initiative will compete for the soul of the city in the November election.
January 5, 2016, 1pm PST
A new study reveals new understanding about how restrictive land use regulations in urban areas affect economic segregation across metropolitan areas.
December 26, 2015, 11am PST
The issue of zoning might be a place for wonks of both the conservatives and the liberal variety to find middle ground, but zoning in the real world is more contentious than consensus.
November 23, 2015, 9am PST
Some think President Obama legislates from the "big government" end of the political spectrum, but when it comes to land use, at least, he's getting advice that local real estate markets should be liberated from too much regulation.
October 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
Voters in the Colorado town of Boulder will consider a city charter amendment that would assign land use regulation power to 66 neighborhood-level voting districts.
September 9, 2015, 9am PDT
Houston's famous lack of zoning codes might be more semantic than legal.
June 21, 2014, 1pm PDT
Responding to advocates who are calling for granny flats as a potential boon to the city's housing stock, city staff will begin a public engagement process this summer in preparation for possible changes to the city's zoning code.
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.
February 19, 2014, 6am PST
Outdated and onerous regulations, particularly those found in zoning ordinances, are affecting the availability of housing choice. What can communities do to expand their hosing stock? C.J. Gabbe explains.