Single-use zoning is the most widespread form of zoning found across the United States. While it might prevent a tannery from opening next door to your home, the odds are good that it also prevents a duplex from doing the same thing. The simple fact is that zoning, at least in its most recognizable form, is an antiquated tool that does more harm than good. Poorly-designed zoning and other land use regulations increases home prices, reduces housing availability, promotes segregation, lengthens commutes and restricts transportation choices. With the movement to eliminate single-family-exclusive zoning gaining steam around the country — here in California, two bills that permit multiple homes on single-family-zoned lots were recently ratified into law — the opportunity is ripe to reimagine zoning entirely. Come participate in a conversation about the need for widespread zoning reform, what could replace zoning as we know it and how it could advance real change in our neighborhoods.
Co-presented by APA Northern California and SV@Home
+ Sarah Karlinsky / SPUR
+ Michael Lane / SPUR
+ Jenny Schuetz / Brookings Institution
1 AICP CM available for APA member attendees.
1 Learning Unit available for AIA member attendees.
AIA Learning Objectives:
- Understand the economic, social and design limitations of single-family-exclusive zoning.
- Learn about the obstacles that exist to widespread zoning reform in America today.
- Determine the advantages and drawbacks of alternative types of land use regulation used in municipalities around the world.
- Understand the opportunities that exist for designers in more flexibly zoned neighborhoods.