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Hyperlocal zoning could spur more affordable housing construction

Letting blocks and streets pass their own rules could have impact.

March 08, 2021 |

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Restrictive zoning that holds back the construction of affordable housing could be counteracted by a straightforward reform.

Hyperlocal zoning allowing streets and blocks to approve their own zoning rules could result in the construction of denser housing. Residents could vote on a menu of reforms such as reducing minimum lot sizes or allowing granny flats.

Hyperlocal zoning would supplement existing zoning codes, meaning it could simply be implemented by a planning department. It would still enable cities to pass broader reforms.

Hyperlocal zoning reform could result in policies more responsive to the needs of residents. More targeted zoning for individual streets or blocks would make it easier for planners to allot more parking or implement better design standards. In addition, owners could have more flexible property rights to add to the housing stock.

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