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In Defense of Local Zoning.

In Defense of Local Zoning

May 2023

This issue of Zoning Practice joins the current debate about zoning's future by arguing in defense of local zoning. It puts the current proposals into a broader historical context of proposed zoning reform over the decades, wondering whether current reformers (like past ones) may be expecting too much from proposed changes. It also raises the issue of whether the debate is really about zoning per se or is, instead, a thinly veiled critique of local control.


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