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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Page Count
8
Date Published
Oct. 1, 2020
Format
Adobe PDF
Publisher
American Planning Association

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, resilience, 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.