September 15, 2018 Feature

Affordable Housing Demand Leading to Land Use Regulation Reform

By Kathy Kinsman

In the 1970s, municipalities and other local government entities shifted focus from rampant suburbanization in favor of growth management policies. By the late 1970s, local governments were churning out zoning and land use regulations designed to reduce sprawl, restrict or outright stop all development (albeit temporarily via moratoria), and apply caps to building and development permits. This shift of focus is exemplified by a 1992 report by Glickfeld and Levine identifying, in California alone, 907 growth management regulations in 443 California localities.1

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