News about driverless cars is everywhere. Unfortunately, this media coverage generally provides little information about how the technology is likely to arrive and what changes we will see first. More specifically, media coverage has left many planners wondering just what they should be doing to prepare for mixed fleets of conventional and autonomous vehicles.
This edition of Zoning Practice discusses basic facts about driverless cars and summarizes how changes in travel behavior associated with fully autonomous vehicles will likely affect local zoning codes over the next 20 to 30 years.
About the Author
Donald Elliott, FAICP
Donald L. Elliott, FAICP, is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land use consulting firm. Don’s practice focuses on land development regulation, zoning, subdivision, fair housing, affordable housing, and plan implementation. Don has assisted over 60 U.S. communities to update plans and regulations related to housing, zoning, subdivision, affordability, sustainability, resiliance, and good governance He is the author of A Better Way to Zone (Island Press 2008), co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form (APA 2012) and The Citizen’s Guide to Planning (APA 2009) and has served as the editor of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law for over 25 years. Don is a member of the Denver Planning Board and teaches a graduate level course on Land Development Regulations at the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning.