Housing Production

Historic brick rowhouses in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Set to Reveal Zoning Reform Details

The city will hold a series of public meetings this fall to explain its efforts to boost housing production and affordability.

August 27, 2023 - ALX Now

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Montreal Developers Prefer to Pay Rather Than Build Affordable Housing

Housing advocates say a 2021 bylaw aimed at building more affordable housing units is too lenient, letting developers opt out by paying a fee some consider too low.

August 24, 2023 - Vice

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Zero New Housing Permits Issued in Manhattan Last Month

July was a dead month when it comes to approving new housing units.

August 14, 2023 - The Real Deal

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Denver Makes ADU Rules More Flexible

The city hopes adjusting its regulations for accessory dwelling units will make the process more affordable for residents and help ease the city’s housing crunch.

June 7, 2023 - Denverite

Aerial view of Missoula, Montana

Montana Governor Signs Zoning Reform Bills

Four bills that target housing production promise to streamline permitting processes, reform ADU regulations, and loosen zoning restrictions in commercially zoned areas.

May 24, 2023 - The Missoulian

Large beachside homes in New London, Connecticut

Connecticut Zoning Bills in Peril Near End of Legislative Session

Two bills that would change zoning rules to encourage more housing production and denser zoning are still in limbo as the legislature prepares to go on recess.

May 19, 2023 - The CT Mirror

White multistory Hilton Hotel in Queens, New York

First Hotel Conversion to Begin in New York

A pandemic-era program designed to streamline the conversion of hotels into housing stalled, with the first project just now making its way through the pipeline.

May 5, 2023 - The New York Times

California Houses

California Growth Report: Housing Up, Population Down

Good and bad news can be found in the most recent demographic report from the California Department of Finance. The population dropped by nearly 140,000 last year while housing grew at the highest rate in 14 years.

May 4, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

View of New York City from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

New York Mayor Proposes Zoning Amendments to Boost Housing Supply

After Governor Hochul’s statewide housing plan collapsed during budget talks, the city will weigh a series of zoning changes that could increase housing production and remove barriers to sustainability retrofits.

April 26, 2023 - Politico


California Attorney General Wants to Get Serious About Housing

A bill sponsored by the AG’s office would give the state’s top attorney more power to intervene in lawsuits related to the state’s housing laws.

March 29, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

Two white two-story Sears Roebuck catalog homes in Tuscumbia, Alabama

The Return of ‘Catalog Homes’

Sets of pre-approved housing plans can lower construction costs, shorten timelines, and encourage more badly needed housing production.

March 29, 2023 - Route Fifty

Illinois State Capitol dome and city in Springfield, Illinois

Illinois Legislature to Consider Affordable Housing Tax Credit

A proposed tax credit could create thousands of new affordable housing units per year, its proponents say.

March 28, 2023 - The Real Deal

Drone view of colorful sunset over suburban neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Housing Bill Fails in State Senate

The bill would have eliminated some parking requirements, legalized more types of affordable housing, and promoted increased housing production.

March 14, 2023 - 12News

Aerial overhead view of single-family neighborhood with some houses under construction

How Single-Family Zoning Became Unaffordable for Families

Zoning regulations designed to boost the housing supply for families have contributed to a housing crisis that makes housing costs a major burden for many American families.

February 27, 2023 - Discourse Magazine

Aerial view of dense single-family homes in neighborhood still under construction

Report: How States Can Incentivize Housing Production

With many cities and local jurisdictions using zoning codes to slow housing development, policymakers at the state level are taking action to increase the housing supply.

February 23, 2023 - Urban Institute

Denver Union STation TOD

New Federal Grant Program Supports Transit-Oriented Housing

Local governments can apply for part of a $5 million program aimed at helping them identify appropriate sites, preserve affordable housing, and build more housing near transit.

February 21, 2023 - Route Fifty

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

New York Housing Plan Emphasizes Zoning Reform, Transit-Oriented Development

Governor Hochul’s proposed housing plan features policies inspired by recent housing reforms in states like California, Massachusetts, and Utah.

February 15, 2023 - The New York Times

Downtown Houston, Texas

Houston is Building a Record Numbers of Homes, but Housing Costs Still Rising

Despite a banner year in construction permitting, Houston area rents and home prices continue to grow.

February 14, 2023 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research


Pittsburgh Adaptive Reuse Program Accepting Applications

The city has issued a request for proposals to support projects converting downtown office buildings to affordable housing.

February 9, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Aerial view of residential development near beach in Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii State Bills Could Limit or Expand Affordable Housing Law

Some legislators see a law that provides a zoning exemption to affordable housing builders as a necessary way to alleviate the housing crisis, while others worry about the impact of fast-tracked development on land zoned for conservation.

February 8, 2023 - Honolulu Civil Beat

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