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Your city's zoning code determines where different types of developments such as housing or businesses can or cannot be built. Therefore, understanding how zoning works—and how it shapes your own cities—is essential to building a financially resilient city.

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The 15-minute neighborhood

New City zoning ordnances still leave residents without essential services that are within a walkable (and safely) distance.

Hello. I will be running for city commissioner in 2021 and running on a platform of supporting independent local shops. I also believe in the Strong Towns approach of walkability. My city, with a population of 16k, is in Northwest PA bordering Ohio and in between Pittsburgh and Erie and they just approved their comprehensive plan. Although it encompasses walkability, mixed-used development, landscaping, etc their vision does not go far enough and there are internal contradictions in their plan. For instance, in the new zoning map that is linked you can see the street 'Gail' (in SR1 just north SR2... (More)

How do we think the current crisis will impact zoning?

As I've been walking around my neighborhood seeing many shuttered businesses and half-finished construction projects which, sadly, may not have the finances reopen and continue once the shut-down is over, I've been thinking about whether this pandemic might lead us to loosen zoning regulations in the hopes of allowing whatever economic activity is possible in the future. So many smart people (ex: this article) have been saying that now is the time for creativity and innovation when it comes to getting our economy back up and running.

I'm not a planner so I don't have a lot of technical... (More)