Minimum Lot Size

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Four ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ Zoning Reforms

An excerpt from the latest book on zoning argues for four approaches to reform that can immediately improve land use regulation in the United States.

June 26, 2022 - M. Nolan Gray

An aerial view of New Jersey suburbs, with Manhattan and New York City in the distant background.

Ambitious Zoning Reform Package Proposed in New York State Legislature

Single-family zoning, parking requirements, and minimum lot sizes are on the chopping block in Senate Bill S7574.

December 14, 2021 - TheRealDeal

Houston, Texas

How Houston Achieved Lot Size Reform

Nolan Gray of George Mason University and Adam A. Millsap of the Charles Koch Institute write about a recent article they authored in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

July 22, 2020 - JPER

Affordable Rental Housing

Distinguishing the Housing Shortage from Gentrification

Gentrification "mutates particular neighborhoods" while scarce housing "squeezes entire regions," Devin Michelle Bunten writes. Conflating the two can lead to inaccuracies in understanding.

November 1, 2019 - CityLab

No Lot Size Ordinance Any More in Stafford, VA

The Stafford Board of Supervisors opposed an ordinance which would require a minimum buildable lot area for agriculturally zoned parcels.

June 6, 2009 - The Free Lance-Star

Is Houston Really Unplanned?

Stephen Smith at Market Urbanism looks at the truth behind the cliché, and finds that while Houston does not have Euclidean zoning, it does have more unconventional means of controlling land use beyond the invisible hand of the free market.

December 12, 2008 - Market Urbanism

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