The Relaxed Zoning Overlay

Zoning Practice — September 2011

By Stephen Pantalone, Justin Hollander, FAICP


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This article introduces the Relaxed Zoning Overlay as a potential new tool for weak-market neighborhoods with high levels of property vacancy and includes a suggested ordinance framework for this new type of overlay.


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Sept. 1, 2011
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About the Authors

Stephen Pantalone

Justin Hollander, FAICP
Justin Hollander is a professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. His research and teaching is in the areas of physical planning, Big Data, shrinking cities, and the intersection between cognitive science and the design of cities. He co-edited the book Urban Experience and Design: Contemporary Perspectives on Improving the Public Realm (Routledge, 2020) and is the author of seven other books on urban planning and design, including Cognitive Architecture Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment (with Ann Sussman) and Urban Social Listening: Potential and Pitfalls for Using Microblogging Data in Studying Cities. He hosts the Apple podcast “Cognitive Urbanism”.