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Webinar: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools

Makers at Club Cyberia, a makerspace in Indianapolis (Credit: @ClubCyberiaIndy / Twitter)
As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. Register now... Read more

Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment

(Source: APA)
This Essential Info Packet (EIP) from the American Planning Association (APA) offers planners a collection of resources to help them better understand the connections between health and the built environment and integrate community health considerations into their planning and zoning work. The EIP is an annotated resource list that allows users to click through to the various websites, APA resources, and non-APA documents collected for this packet. Learn more... Read more

Tuesdays at APA: Inclusionary Zoning in DC

DC Housing (Credit:  nevermindtheend / Flickr)
Join the American Planning Association for a discussion focused on DC’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program, led by the District Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The discussion will cover the background and history of IZ in DC and the current status and program projections. It will also look at where the program is headed, including proposed and upcoming changes to IZ. Other DHCD programs will also be addressed. Learn more and register... Read more

Baltimore Passes First Zoning Overhaul in 45 Years

Baltimore's Oliver neighborhood (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello)
Baltimore’s City Council gave preliminary approval for the city’s first zoning overhaul in more than four decades. The new rules, dubbed “TransForm Balitmore,” are intended to streamline development, encourage reuse of old buildings and create more walkable neighborhoods. They also make it easier to approve the amenities city officials want — like urban farms, bioparks and transit-oriented development — while increasing regulation around less desirable uses, like new sororities and fraternities, bail bondsmen, check-cashing businesses and liquor stores in residential... Read more

We Need Code Reform: How Do We Get There?

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. Read more... Read more

To End the Affordable Housing Crisis, Washington Needs to Legalize Main Street

Establishing by-right development and streamlining local permitting processes will allow developers to respond nimbly to market demands and will relieve the “guilty until proven innocent” status of new building development, which depresses construction starts across the country by delaying and inhibiting housing projects. Read more... Read more

Recent Changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act and Smart Growth Zoning

Back Bay rowhouses in Boston (Credit: Rick Berk / Flickr)
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
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