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October 2015

Peering into the Peer Economy: Short-Term Rental Regulation

There are three primary faces of the so-called sharing economy: transportation, goods and services, and housing. Of these, the sharing of housing is perhaps the most relevant to planners. The rapid rise of Airbnb and other online brokers has sparked debate about short-term rental regulation in communities across this country.

This article explains the connection of short-term rental regulation to the larger sharing economy and offers key considerations for new approaches to licensing and zoning for home sharing.

Author Dwight Merriam, FAICP, founded Robinson & Cole's Land Use Group in 1978, where he represents land owners, developers, governments, and individuals in land-use matters. He is past president of the American Institute of Certified Planners and received his master's in regional planning from the University of North Carolina and his juris doctor from Yale.

September 2015

Water-Smart Development Regulations

Water, or the lack thereof, is always the subject of planning conversation in the arid and growing West. This is not necessarily a new idea, but it is one that has gained in recognition and discussion both inside and outside of planning circles over the past decade. As historic droughts collide with population increases in typically "wet" areas of the county, planning and zoning for water conservation concepts have also taken hold the Midwest and South.

This article explores how communities can better address the use of water through local regulations. It briefly explores how water use can be influenced by pricing and then looks at the range of regulations, particularly in the areas of lot design and landscaping, available at the local level to encourage and require water conservation.

Author Elizabeth Garvin, AICP, is an attorney with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne in Denver. Garvin has more than 20 years of public- and private-sector experience in land development regulations, urban planning, and economic development. She has prepared code update/revision projects for cities and counties across the country; drafted topic-specific code provisions covering topics such as TOD, sustainability, and signs; created plans for redevelopment projects; prepared regional design standards; organized and undertaken public participation processes; and assisted private clients in obtaining development approvals.

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