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How Zoning Shapes Cities, Communities, and Regions

A better of understanding of the basic components of zoning, history and evolution of zoning codes, economic and political goals of plan implementation, and impacts on housing prices and production can inform improved planning outcomes.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (84 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2022
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    1. Introduction Chapter Duration 2 mins
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    2. ABCs of Zoning Chapter Duration 13 mins
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    3. Historical Evolution of Land Use Regulation Chapter Duration 15 mins
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    4. By Right Versus Discretionary Approval Chapter Duration 13 mins
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    5. Regulating Development Serves Multiple Policy Goals Chapter Duration 13 mins
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    6. Measuring Zoning Stringency Chapter Duration 12 mins
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    7. Impacts on Housing Markets, Economic and Social Outcomes Chapter Duration 11 mins
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    8. Conclusion Chapter Duration 2 mins

What You Will Learn

  • Learn the typical structure of zoning laws
  • Understand why local governments regulate land use and development
  • Become familiar with the evolution of zoning over time
  • Explore techniques to measure zoning stringency
  • Understand how zoning can impact local housing markets
  • Discuss broader implications of zoning for regional economic outcomes

Course Description

The current state of U.S. zoning is under the microscope—a better of understanding of the basic components of zoning, history and evolution of zoning codes, economic and political goals of plan implementation, and impacts on housing prices and production is necessary inform improved planning outcomes.

You’ve probably heard that many local and state governments around the United States are changing zoning codes by allowing granny flats and transit oriented development as well as reducing parking requirements. This course explains the regulatory structure intended for reform and why those reforms matter for the market and the built environment.

Taught by Jenny Schuetz—a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and one of the leading researchers, writers, and teachers in the field of land use regulation and its consequences for the housing markets of cities, neighborhoods, and regions—this course introduces the key concepts of zoning at a key moment in the evolution in this critical land use regulation’s history. 

Learn these skills

  • Development
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Plan Making
  • Regional Planning
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Zoning Codes

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits.

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Jenny Schuetz

Jenny Schuetz

Jenny is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro and an expert in housing policy.

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