Zoning Practice

Zoning Practice helps guide you as you write and administer smart development codes.

Zoning Practice coverIt's a fact. The zoning problem you're struggling with today has probably already been solved by somebody else. But how can you find out what's working without spending a lot of your valuable time?

Zoning Practice isn't just an interesting read. It's a toolbox chock full of information geared to inform and inspire, and to implement by planners for the purpose of smarter land-use practice.

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March 2015

Zoning to Improve Health and Promote Equity

Recently, planners and public health professionals have taken a renewed interest in the connections between the built environment and health. Through development-related policy and decisions, planners can effect meaningful change by creating equitable opportunities for healthy places.

This article discusses how communities can use zoning and other development regulations to promote healthy living environments by increasing affordable housing options and improving access to care.

Author Elizabeth Whitton is a research associate in the American Planning Association's Planning and Community Health Center. She conducts research projects, promotes the work of APA members, and advocates for stronger integration of health and planning professions.

February 2015

Context-Sensitive Zoning for Transit-Oriented Development

While some commentators treat transit-oriented development (TOD) as a single distinct development model, it's probably more helpful to think of TOD as a spectrum of development patterns and densities. Many older cities and suburbs have well-established TOD areas that, in some cases, predate both widespread automobile usage and zoning. Meanwhile, there are numerous other communities looking to support planned or emerging TOD districts in areas where existing development does not take full advantage of existing or anticipated transit service.

This article highlights key considerations for communities hoping to encourage TOD through special zoning districts or overlays and provides examples of context-sensitive TOD zoning standards from communities across the country.

Author David Morley, AICP, is a senior research associate with the American Planning Association, as well as APA's Planning Advisory Service (PAS) coordinator and coeditor of Zoning Practice.

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The editors of Zoning Practice welcome proposals from outside contributors, including those who may be writing for the publication for the first time. Contributors need not be professional planners, but they should have superior knowledge of a subject of substantial potential interest to Zoning Practice subscribers. We are especially eager to hear from potential authors with expertise on the following topics:

• Using development regulations to manage noise in mixed-use districts

• Visitability and housing for the aging

• Regulating short-term rentals

• Using zoning to promote walkable, mixed-use districts

• Zoning for healthy communities

• Hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking") and land-use regulation

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