We Need Code Reform: How Do We Get There?

Petosky, Michigan (Source: CNU Public Square)

Petosky, Michigan (Source: CNU Public Square)

We know that traditional zoning and development codes can be harmful to building strong, prosperous communities. So why has progress been so slow—why do rules that actively hinder the development that we say we want persist in most of our cities and villages? The Michigan Municipal League recently hosted a workshop that connected five Michigan cities with a team of national development code-writing experts convened by Congress for the New Urbanism to dig into this question.

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