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The United States is facing a housing crisis. Housing affordability and availability challenges are leading planners, state and local elected officials, developers, and community leaders to reconsider the tools necessary to dramatically expand the supply of housing. State legislators in particular are increasingly recognizing the role that legislation can play in local housing supply, choice, opportunity, and affordability.
This issue of Zoning Practice examines influential local zoning approaches to housing affordability challenges, highlights examples of state legislative efforts related to zoning in local communities, and discusses the variety of ways in which states are increasingly engaging in this conversation.
About the Authors
As the State Government Affairs Associate of APA, Catherine works with APA chapters and monitors trends across the country on key state legislation that impacts planning. As co-author on a recent Zoning Practice (Housing Reform Through State Legislation and Local Zoning), Catherine's experience examining provides important insights on why this is an emerging and relevant topic for planners.
Joseph DeAngelis, AICP
Joseph DeAngelis, AICP is a planner and Research Manager with the American Planning Association in Chicago. Joseph's primary area of research is in the realm of climate adaptation and community resilience. He currently manages APA's slate of FEMA and NOAA sponsored research projects. Previously, he was a resiliency planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, where he worked on long-term planning and zoning solutions for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.