Corner convenience store with red awning and children's rocking horse toy out front in brick building in Queens, New York City

Bring Back the Corner Store

‘Accessory commercial units’ were once common across U.S. towns and cities. Now, zoning regulations make them illegal in many places.

August 20, 2023 - Strong Towns

Indian Trail, North Carolina

The Social and Economic Impacts of Exclusionary Zoning

A new book further reveals the inequities perpetuated by restrictive zoning policies.

August 14, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Row of new contemporary rowhouses in Austin, Texas

Report: Why It Costs so Much to Build Housing in Austin

The study highlights high real estate costs as well as restrictive zoning regulations and building requirements that delay multi-family construction.

August 9, 2023 - Community Impact Newspaper

Craftsman-style white kit home from Sears catalog sold in early 20th century

Where Have all the Kit Homes Gone?

Buying a house through the Sears catalog was, for a brief historical moment, a popular and affordable way to become a homeowner.

August 2, 2023 - Fast Company

Aerial view of large single-family homes in Vancouver, BC suburb

Vancouver Poised to Increase Residential Zoning

The city council will vote on a proposal to eliminate single-family only zoning in favor of rules that would allow up to six units per residential lot.

July 26, 2023 - The Globe and Mail

Colorful "atx" sign in front of Whole Foods store in Austin, Texas

Austin Could Reduce Minimum Lot Sizes

In an effort to increase housing production and bring down housing costs, the city council approved a resolution calling for reduced lot sizes and higher density in single-family neighborhoods.

July 24, 2023 - The Architect's Newspaper

Zoning map of New Hampshire

National Zoning Atlas Makes Headway

The project aims to bring zoning data from around the country into one database, making it easier for planners and researchers to compare policies and their impacts.

July 17, 2023 - PD&R Edge

Small gray backyard cottage with glass door and bike sitting in front of it

ADU Demand Grows Across the West Coast

In communities from California to Washington, permit applications for accessory dwelling units outpace the ability of permitting and construction to keep pace.

July 14, 2023 - Cottage ADU

Aerial view from behind Texas State Capitol dome in Austin, Texas

Zoning Reform Proposed in Austin

Proposed changes would create more room for mid-density housing and shift away from single-family homes on large lots.

July 13, 2023 - Towers

Aerial view of large houses in large yards surrounded by trees in Palo Alto, California

New Research Blames Affluent Suburbs for Housing Crisis

Small, often wealthy enclaves build far less multifamily housing than their larger counterparts, exacerbating the dearth of affordable housing near big cities and job centers.

July 12, 2023 - The Conversation

St. Paul skyline as seen from across river

St. Paul Moves Toward Zoning Reform

The city is considering legalizing missing middle housing types and loosening other zoning regulations to encourage more housing production and density.

July 11, 2023 - Streets MN

Dusk view of downtown Edmonton, Canada skyline with arched white bridge in foreground

Edmonton to Revise Zoning Code

Proposed changes could help spur more housing development in the Canadian city and encourage density increases in residential neighborhoods.

June 29, 2023 - Edmonton Journal

Aerial view of Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga Springs Revises Internal ADU Rules

The city is aligning its policies with New York state regulations but is keeping parking requirements in place.

June 28, 2023 - Daily Herald

Gopuff fast-delivery convenience store in New York City

New York Could Legalize Rapid Delivery Hubs

Criticized as ‘dark stores,’ the warehouses for quick-delivery services have been popping up around the city.

June 25, 2023 - Crain's New York Business

Empty open plan office with gray carpet and white walls

Survey: Zoning Codes Holding Back Office Conversion

A survey of developers and architects found that many of them find it hard to meet demand for office conversion due to local regulations and zoning restrictions.

June 23, 2023 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Aerial view of graded dirt lot ready for construction and houses with mountains in background near Boise, Idaho

Boise Approves First Zoning Code Update in 60 Years

A comprehensive update of the city’s zoning code aimed at making housing more affordable and promoting sustainable growth received unanimous support from the city council.

June 18, 2023 - Boise Dev

Aerial view of St. Petersburg, Florida on Gulf of Mexico coast

No Relief in Sight for Tampa Bay Renters

The region’s rents are rising sharply, while experts expect multi-family construction to slow down.

June 18, 2023 - Tampa Bay Times

Aerial view of Colorado state capitol in Denver, Colorado

What Caused the Failure of Zoning Reform in Colorado?

Land use reform bills that gained bipartisan support in the Montana legislature were strongly opposed by Colorado Republicans.

June 14, 2023 - The Colorado Sun

Row of two-story traditional wood houses in Stamford, Connecticut

Study Links Single-Family Zoning to Exclusion

An analysis of Connecticut zoning laws finds single-family neighborhoods are associated with higher incomes and whiter populations than the 2 percent of the state that permits multifamily housing.

June 12, 2023 - Governing

Wood-frame two-story housing under construction

Opinion: Failed Housing Bills Could Signal California-Style Housing Crisis in Texas

Legislators in a state that so often touts its policies as the opposite of California’s defeated several bills that would have made housing construction easier, leading to concerns that a constricted housing market may exacerbate the housing crisis.

June 8, 2023 - The Dallas Morning News

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