Supporting Small Businesses through Zoning
You'll learn about:
How zoning affects small businesses as they progress through common stages of growth
Why use categories are better suited to small businesses than overly specific use definitions
How to modify site and building development standards to create zoning districts that are small-business friendly
Being small-business friendly is key to enhancing economic resilience. Homegrown businesses create new jobs, contribute to a sense of place, and facilitate the adaptive reuse of existing structures. They are also more nimble than large firms, and when they do fail, small businesses have a much smaller proportionate effect on the local economy. Yet despite these benefits, many localities have outdated zoning codes that inadvertently stifle local entrepreneurs.
This session—sponsored by APA's Zoning Practice—will highlight how zoning regulations either help or hurt small businesses as they progress from sole proprietorships to hiring their first employees to becoming major contributors to local identity. You will learn how antiquated cumulative use permissions and overly specific use definitions can frustrate innovation and explore how categorical use classification and small-business-centric site and building development standards can foster a supportive environment for homegrown businesses.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Morley, AICP, is a Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; provides customized research assistance through the Inquiry Answer Service; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also co-edits Zoning Practice, a monthly publication to inform planners about smarter land-use practice, and PAS QuickNotes, a series of briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens.
Confirmed SpeakerRobert Azar, AICP, is Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Providence, Rhode Island.
Confirmed SpeakerArista Strungys, AICP, is a Principal at Camiros, Ltd. Her area of expertise is zoning and development regulations, and she has worked with communities across the country of all sizes in drafting development regulations. She is experienced in all types of regulatory techniques, including traditional controls, place-based zoning, form-based coding, design guidelines, and sustainable development.