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View of New York City apartment buildings.

NYC Budget Makes Key Building Code Change

The change could spur more housing development if accompanying reforms in the City of Yes for Housing Opportunity plan are approved.

May 8, 2024 - Kramer Levin

Bird's eye view of houses in midtown Sacramento, California.

Sacramento Council Approves Upzoning Proposal

If given final approval, the plan would increase the allowable floor area ratio to permit denser housing development in single-family neighborhoods and near transit.

December 4, 2023 - Sacramento Business Journal

South San Jose houses

More Evidence Upzoning Alone Won't Boost Housing

Experts caution that to encourage significant new housing production, other zoning reforms that reduce costs and streamline permitting should accompany increased density requirements.

January 27, 2022 - Governing

New York Development

What Is Upzoning?

Upzoning is a term used to describe changes to a zoning code made to increase the amount of development allowed in the future.

March 31, 2021 - James Brasuell

Los Angeles Density

What Is Floor Area Ratio?

Floor area ratio (FAR) is a critical measurement to the field of planning. FAR defines development intensity and determines numerous other regulations and development outcomes.

March 24, 2021 - James Brasuell


Accessory Dwelling Units as Mansionization Control

One benefit of more accessory dwelling units (ADUs) could be less mansionization of oversized single-family homes.

May 10, 2019 - Curbed Seattle

New York City Greenwich

Bill to Increase Multi-Family FAR Breaks Along Surprising Political Lines in New York

A state bill would allow for higher floor area ratio in New York City, designed to alleviate housing costs in the city, has gained most support from legislators representing areas outside the city.

May 19, 2018 - Crain's New York Business

Washington, D.C. Rowhouses

How a Change in the Definition of 'Cellars' Could Downzone Much of Washington, D.C.

The D.C. Zoning Commission will revisit a proposed text amendment to the District Zoning Code in April.

March 21, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

1 Wall Street and Empire Building

Friday Fun: An Interactive Tool That Explains Floor Area Ratio

The Center for Urban Pedagogy's latest tool provides an easy and fun way to explain a difficult but critical concept: floor area ratio.

April 7, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Hudson Yards Towers

State Bill Could Spread the Supertall Buildings Around New York

A package of bills making their way through the New York State Legislature could usher in an era of new height in parts of New York City.

June 14, 2016 - New York Magazine

Mumbai Slum

Allowing Higher Density to Fix Slums

Despite its economic dynamism, Mumbai is known for a lack of adequate housing. Citywide increases to maximum Floor Space Indices (i.e., Floor Area Ratios) will increase living space per resident, provided the right redevelopment takes place.

February 24, 2015 - Vox

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