Who Should Zone Cities?

Who Should Zone Cities?

The Old Urbanist has just published an informative post called “Where Zoning Went Wrong .” In it, he talks about some of the defining characterstics of American city planning and suggests that the delegation of planning authority from states to local municipalities is what has caused many of the challenges that city builders now face. But before we get into that discussion, let’s outline the characeristics. By way of Edward Bassett’s handbook on zoning (1922) , the Old Urbanist outlines 9 characeristics of American planning. They are : Approval of the exclusion of commercial activity from residential zones Failure to disapprove of the exclusion of multifamily from residential zones Extreme deference to localities Insistence on a “comprehensive” plan Irreconcilable conflict between planning and zoning Heavy reliance on legal process as a substitute for sound policymaking Re...

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