Land Development

Why a ‘Ban’ on Single-Family Zoning Could Be a Good Thing

Why a ‘Ban’ on Single-Family Zoning Could Be a Good Thing

Recently, the state of Oregon has moved to use the power of policy to influence housing affordability, diversity and flexibility. In what some are calling an effective ban on single-family zoning, the state is requiring that multifamily units be allowed on land previously reserved just for single-family homes.

A recent report from NAHB illustrates how innovative land-use policies that encourage the development of housing, such as Oregon’s legislation, promote greater housing affordability and meet the varied needs of an increasingly diverse home-buying population. 

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The Case Against Exclusionary Zoning

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Economics, Land Development by on August 23, 2019 1 Comment
The Case Against Exclusionary Zoning

A new policy paper by Michael Stegman, a senior housing policy fellow at the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets, makes the case against exclusionary zoning and land use controls.

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Downtown Revitalization Includes Upscale Affordable Housing Development

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on August 20, 2019 0 Comments
Downtown Revitalization Includes Upscale Affordable Housing Development

The Fresno Housing Authority has sought to play a critical role in driving community revitalization by creating and renovating quality affordable housing, including the development of CityView @ Van Ness. The new development produced 45 units of affordable housing for entry-level workforce households.

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Marrying Affordability and Sustainability at The Rose

Marrying Affordability and Sustainability at The Rose

Located just south of downtown Minneapolis, The Rose incorporates pioneering green building techniques among its 90 mixed-income (47 affordable and 43 market-rate) apartments, which range from efficiencies to three bedrooms.

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Taking Charge: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Land Use

Filed in Land Development by on July 29, 2019 4 Comments
Taking Charge: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Land Use

As electric vehicles increase in prominence so will publicly available charging stations, undoubtedly having an impact on land use.  

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6 Lessons Learned from a Historic St. Louis Rehab Project

6 Lessons Learned from a Historic St. Louis Rehab Project

The Arcade Apartments development is finished product of a historic rehabilitation of a 500,000-square-foot architectural landmark in downtown St. Louis. The $118 million project involved a mix of federal and state historic tax credits and New Market Tax Credits, loans, mortgages and investment from Webster University.

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Affordable Cottage Community Spotlights Benefits of Reduced Zoning Regulations

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on July 22, 2019 4 Comments
Affordable Cottage Community Spotlights Benefits of Reduced Zoning Regulations

Zoning restrictions are one of the obstacles challenging housing affordability, often favoring single-family homes and limiting higher-density multifamily buildings. One project that highlights how reduced zoning restrictions can benefit development of creative and effective housing options is the Boiceville Cottages in Brooktondale, N.Y.

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Housing Options Expand as Lots and Homes Get Smaller

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on July 9, 2019 1 Comment
Housing Options Expand as Lots and Homes Get Smaller

Housing development within the United States needs a makeover. Past trends guided by regulations have led to a housing market with limited variation. NAHB’s latest report explores the issues involved in generating a greater mix of housing types, and provides relevant best practices on regulatory and design options and barriers.

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Seamless Design and Community Engagement Critical to Affordable Housing Success

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on July 2, 2019 1 Comment
Seamless Design and Community Engagement Critical to Affordable Housing Success

The Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) redevelopment of its Rainier Vista property transformed the community. The large-scale project replaced 481 deteriorating public housing units from the 1940s with a new mixed-income, mixed-use community of 1,092 residential units with office, retail, services and recreational space.

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Home Rehab Program Converts Eyesores Into Assets

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development, Remodelers by on June 19, 2019 0 Comments
Home Rehab Program Converts Eyesores Into Assets

Homes for rehab are often beset with significant structural issues such as collapsed roofs, mold, water infiltration or cracked foundations. In the greater Chicago area, the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County (AHCLC) created a successful approach to revitalizing communities.

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