Zoning for a Post-COVID World

Zoning Practice — October 2020

By Donald Elliott, FAICP


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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically disrupted American life in ways that would have seemed unthinkable in 2019, and its impacts will remain with us for a long time. As city and county governments scramble to protect their citizens and to adjust services and budgets based on plummeting revenues, many planners wonder how zoning should change to better serve a post-COVID world.

This edition of Zoning Practice highlights short-term zoning adjustments that can minimize economic damage and promote economic recovery from the pandemic, and it analyzes how COVID-19 may reinforce or disrupt long-term zoning trends related to housing diversity, flexible use permissions, built form, and the public realm.


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Oct. 1, 2020
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Donald Elliott, FAICP