Forecasting Our Future: The Economic Impact of Exclusionary Zoning

APA Connecticut Chapter


Friday, February 24, 2017
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST

Hartford, CT, United States

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This program will focus on the economic impact of zoning regulations that limit housing choices.  People need different housing at various stages in their life. Research has shown that failing to provide a diversity of housing choices to meet these needs has a profound impact on our economy. Nationally, exclusionary zoning has drastically reduced our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and expanded hourly wage inequality. How can anticipating future housing demand and providing the housing to meet that demand improve Connecticut’s economy during a period of massive state budget deficits?

Keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Shoag, will discuss his research that focuses on fiscal policy, state and local pension plans, and regional macroeconomics. He will present findings from his research that explores how land use regulations have impacted our economy.  This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with local financial and business experts.

Learning Objectives for Planners include:

  • Research findings on how a lack of housing choice impacts economic growth
  • How exclusionary zoning can hinder in-migration and encourage out-migration
  • Insight from the local business community about how housing impacts recruiting employees, retaining employees, profits, etc.

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Daniel Shoag

Daniel Shoag is an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and an affiliate of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. His research focuses on state and local government finance, worker signalling and the hiring process, and regional and urban economics. Daniel’s ... Read More

Joseph McGee

Joseph J. McGee is Vice President, Public Policy and Programs, The Business Council of Fairfield County. Joe has worked extensively with the business community, civic organizations and government officials in the areas of economic development, transportation, housing, energy conservation, environment and tax and fiscal policy. This year, Joe was appointed ... Read More

Jennifer Herz

Jennifer Herz is counsel with Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Connecticut’s leading business organization. She advocates for the business community at the State Capitol on healthcare, education, housing, and workers compensation issues. Herz also directs CBIA’s Health Affairs Council. Before joining CBIA, Herz was in private practice where ... Read More

Hal Kurfehs

Hal Kurfehs, Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial Scalzo Group in Bethel, CT, handles Commercial, Investment, and Industrial sales and leasing as well as Development. Mr. Kurfehs has been the top producer at Coldwell Banker Commercial Scalzo Group for 4 out of the last 5 years. He is the multiple ... Read More

Paul Rocheleau

Paul Rocheleau is Chief Financial Officer with HABCO since 2010. Paul heads up the financial activities for the company, ensuring a healthy financial entity. Paul has extensive experience in the finance field, having held executive-level positions with Bloomingdale’s by Mail, LTD and American Payment Systems where he served as ... Read More

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