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Land Use Planning and Zoning for Public Health: Exploring Legal Issues

This session will expand upon the legal basis of planning to promote and protect public health through land use and zoning. Speakers will address the historic connection between zoning, public health, and environmental justice, as well as the legal and ethical challenges to zoning for health. Representatives from both national and local agencies will offer their perspectives, followed by a robust Q & A session with the audience. Eligible for 1.5 AICP CM Law Credits. Register now... Read more

Recent Changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act and Smart Growth Zoning

Recently, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted and Gov. Baker signed into law several important changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act and the Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production Act. Changes include the addition of a new starter home initiative, and zoning changes that make developing new structures easier. Read more... Read more

100 Years After Zoning In New York City [and the Federal Aid Road Bill], Government Dominates Land Use

This month marks the 100th anniversary of two pieces of legislation that revolutionized the way we live. On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the first Federal Aid Road Bill. And on July 25, 1916, New York City passed the country’s first comprehensive zoning ordinance. These two pieces of legislation produced radical change. Read more... Read more

How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality

​A growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy. It has even to some extent changed how Americans of different incomes view opportunity. Read more... Read more

New Urban Renewal Law in Colorado May Face Rocky Start

Colorado’s House Bill 1348 requires that urban renewal authorities share future sales and property tax revenues generated by redevelopment projects with other taxing entities — such as schools, counties and fire protection districts — that bear some of the impacts of those projects. It also requires that representatives from special districts get a seat on the boards of urban renewal authorities. Opponents of the bill say the ambiguities embedded in the law are wreaking havoc on some economic renewal efforts... Read more