Tag Archives: Zoning

Fresno Seeks to Shed Its Legacy as a ‘Poster Child for Suburban Sprawl’

Downtown Fresno, California (Shutterstock)
Attracting commercial tenants to property in downtown Fresno, California was a tough sell even a few years ago. But public sector initiatives including high-speed rail, tax incentives, and a zoning code overhaul have helped propel what some believe will be a renaissance in downtown Fresno, a transformation that involves not just businesses filling up new office space, but also plans for substantial new housing. Read more... Read more

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
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