February 21, 2018, 8am PST
There are a lot of ways to "right-size" parking, as the city of Seattle is showing with an ordinance under consideration by a City Council committee today.
January 30, 2018, 2pm PST
An unintended consequence of the zoning regulations approved in Denver 2010 zoning code has been the proliferation of "slot homes": like rowhouses but without the street-facing entryways and engagement with the public realm.
March 28, 2017, 1pm PDT
The city of New Albany approved a plan to keep where opioid abuse clinics can locate.
March 23, 2017, 10am PDT
Sandy Springs, Georgia is rewriting the nuts and bolts of its planning process. A first draft of the city's new zoning code has been released in the hopes of finalizing a new code later this year.
March 11, 2017, 7am PST
Here are some observations that may shed light on the mystery of why—despite creating every incentive that planners can conceive—we are failing to produce affordable housing at the level we need.
October 29, 2016, 1pm PDT
Above-grade parking garages, also called parking podiums, have become a standard typology across Los Angeles. From Koreatown to Downtown, new residential buildings are separated from the street by several floors of space devoted to parking.
March 7, 2016, 12pm PST
In a city looking to land use regulations for answers to an affordable housing crisis, one collection of community groups attempted to create a plan of their own.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 21, 2016, 5am PST
The D.C. Zoning Commission last week approved a new zoning code for the nation's capital. The new code will go into effect in September.
November 30, 2015, 8am PST
Updates to Philadelphia’s zoning code are designed to "clean-up" the code, adopted in 2011.
November 23, 2015, 1pm PST
Accessory dwelling units, granny flats, mother-in-law units—whatever you call them, they're now legal in Austin.
Community Impact Newspaper
July 30, 2015, 1pm PDT
An Atlanta City Councilmember and local advocates are pushing for the city to join the ranks of cities that have allowed tiny houses as a solution to housing challenges.
July 20, 2015, 11am PDT
With backing from Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis' new zoning ordinance has been "tweaked" to allow developers to lower parking minimums if options to reduce driving are provided. Also, EV rift between charging stations and parking spaces reported.
July 12, 2015, 11am PDT
A case study in the development miscues that can move forward while plans are developed and approved.
May 1, 2015, 8am PDT
A lot has changed on the ground in Los Angeles County's unincorporated areas since 1980, when the last General Plan directing land use in these communities was written.
April 23, 2015, 9am PDT
Concerns about out-of-character construction, much of it oversized, has led the Los Angeles City Council to prohibit construction of additional 'McMansions.' In some areas, all new development will be held up for two years.
April 6, 2015, 8am PDT
As Los Angeles continues the five-year process of re-writing its zoning code for clarity, one Zoning Advisory Committee member considers who should really care.
March 13, 2015, 8am PDT
Tom Rothmann explains how and why Los Angeles is updating antiquated language governing land use in the city.
March 12, 2015, 7am PDT
The Philadelphia City Council is tinkering with a novel land use created by its 2012 Zoning Code update to help guide mixed use development on former industrial sites.
February 24, 2015, 9am PST
An op-ed column for The Buffalo News explains the thinking behind Buffalo's new Green Code—especially its benefits for walking, bicycling, and public transit.
February 9, 2015, 9am PST
The city of Albuquerque joins the ranks of the cities around the country overhauling their zoning and planning mechanisms.