NEWS: Pittsburgh Zoning Code Amendment Proposal
2021-10-14 00:29:13

NEWS: Pittsburgh Zoning Code Amendment Proposal

A pair of new zoning amendments were introduced by the Pittsburgh City Council recently that would change how the city appro...

Not In My Backyard (NIMBY)
2021-10-05 07:54:56

Not In My Backyard (NIMBY)

The Not In My Backyard movement, commonly referred to as NIMBY-ism, is a phenomenon where local residents ...

NEWS: Zoning Laws Restrict Development in Phoenix as Housing Costs Soar
2021-09-24 04:05:41

NEWS: Zoning Laws Restrict Development in Phoenix as Housing Costs Soar

The city of Phoenix is the third-fastest growing metro in the country, with a 16% population increase between 2010 and 2019 ...

NEWS: California’s Senate Bill 9 Moves One Step Further
2021-09-05 07:12:46

NEWS: California’s Senate Bill 9 Moves One Step Further

The California state legislature has recently advanced a bill, SB 9, which would allow all single-family lots across the sta...

NYC’s Tenant Protection Plan
2021-08-26 02:03:14

NYC’s Tenant Protection Plan

New York City’s Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) was first introduced in 2008 as a means to curb exploitative practices by landl...

Single Room Occupancy
2021-08-17 04:00:46

Single Room Occupancy

Single-room occupancy housing (SROs) in New York City typically consists of single room dwellings without a bathroom, kitche...

Illegal Home Use
2021-08-03 01:01:40

Illegal Home Use

Illegal Home Use refers to any altered buildings or apartments that violate New York City’s construction codes and can creat...

NYC’s Local Law 97
2021-07-12 06:06:01

NYC’s Local Law 97

Local Law 97 was enacted in April 2019 as a way to lower carbon emissions from buildings larger than 25,000 square feet. Pas...

Lower Density Growth Management Areas
2021-05-23 23:11:00

Lower Density Growth Management Areas

Lower Density Growth Management Areas (LDGMAs) are areas with special regulations in place which are intended to preserve th...

NEWS: New York Decouples Tax Breaks from Opportunity Zones
2021-05-11 01:32:49

NEWS: New York Decouples Tax Breaks from Opportunity Zones

New York state’s recent $212 billion budget was recently passed by lawmakers, which includes a provision that will walk back...

NEWS: Gowanus Rezoning to Enter ULURP Proceedings
2021-04-29 11:26:55

NEWS: Gowanus Rezoning to Enter ULURP Proceedings

The Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus will move one step closer to a rezoning overhaul after Judge Katherine Levine decided t...

NEWS: Permit Denials for Property Owners Who Owe $25,000 or More to NYC
2021-04-09 01:45:14

NEWS: Permit Denials for Property Owners Who Owe $25,000 or More to NYC

Local law 160/2017 went into effect on March 1. Originally passed by the city council in 2017, the law states that the Depar...

Accessory Dwelling Units
2021-03-23 05:00:57

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are self-contained structures that exist on the same lot as a single family home. Throughout...

News: Sacramento Zoning Law Change Paves Way For Hyperlocal Zoning Reform
2021-03-10 01:58:42

News: Sacramento Zoning Law Change Paves Way For Hyperlocal Zoning Reform

Sacramento city council passed a reform bill in January which changes zoning laws to allow up to four homes on lots which ha...

Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Text Amendment, 2019
2021-02-19 01:06:11

Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Text Amendment, 2019

The residential tower mechanical voids text amendment was approved in May 2019 in order to address the issue of developers u...

Limited Height Districts
2021-02-10 02:02:20

Limited Height Districts

A limited height district is a special district that can be superimposed onto an area that has been designated as a historic...

NEWS: Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio to review proposal to convert Manhattan office buildings into residential apartments
2021-01-26 08:54:59

NEWS: Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio to review proposal to convert Manhattan office buildings into residential apartments

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many people to work from home, the number of vacant office spaces in midtown Manhattan ha...

Building Types
2021-01-14 13:19:52

Building Types

There are four main building types, according to the

Large-Scale Developments
2021-01-07 02:32:34

Large-Scale Developments

Large-Scale Developments (LSDs) exist on either very large zoning lots or across multiple lots. They avoid the rezoning issu...

Permitted Obstructions
2020-12-21 02:37:53

Permitted Obstructions

Permitted obstructions refer to any structures or objects that may be located in a yard or open space. They may also be allo...

NEWS: Inwood Rezoning to go ahead after New York Court rejects appeal
2020-12-14 05:40:49

NEWS: Inwood Rezoning to go ahead after New York Court rejects appeal

The New York Court of Appeals recently rejected a community coalition’s attempt to block the rezoning of the Inwood neighbor...

NEWS: Biden team proposes Inclusionary Zoning and Housing Reform
2020-11-26 01:30:53

NEWS: Biden team proposes Inclusionary Zoning and Housing Reform

As part of their election campaign, president-elect Joe Biden and his team have proposed reforms to housing and zoning that ...

The Food Retail Expansion to Support Health Program (FRESH)
2020-11-03 03:35:32

The Food Retail Expansion to Support Health Program (FRESH)

The Food Retail Expansion to Support Health Program, or FRESH, was created in 2008 after a citywide study called Going to Ma...

NEWS: Opportunity Zones and Green Retrofitting Topics of Last Presidential Debate
2020-10-30 00:57:23

NEWS: Opportunity Zones and Green Retrofitting Topics of Last Presidential Debate

In the final debate last week between Donald Trump and Joe Biden,

NYC’s Landmark Preservation Law
2020-10-19 12:15:36

NYC’s Landmark Preservation Law

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Law was created to protect historic landmarks and historical neighborhoods from rea...

Transferable Development Rights
2020-10-06 11:44:34

Transferable Development Rights

The Transferable Development Rights (TDR) program allows property owners to sell unused development capacity to other landow...

NYC’s Zone Green Text Amendment
2020-09-18 00:50:10

NYC’s Zone Green Text Amendment

New York City’s Zone Green text amendment was approved in 2012 in order to remove zoning impediments that made new construct...

Sky Exposure Planes
2020-09-02 00:18:25

Sky Exposure Planes

A sky exposure plane is an imagined inclined plane which the height of a building is not allowed to pass through. Its purpos...

Contextual Districts
2020-08-18 08:36:03

Contextual Districts

Contextual districts were created in 1987 in conjunction with the

NYC’s Quality Housing Program
2020-08-14 01:36:20

NYC’s Quality Housing Program

New York City’s Quality Housing Program began in 1987 as a way of maintaining the historical and architectural character of ...

R6 Residential District
2020-08-03 05:58:02

R6 Residential District

R6 residential districts are widely mapped throughout New York City. They are medium-density

The Failure of Opportunity Zones
2020-07-22 03:17:41

The Failure of Opportunity Zones

The Opportunity Zones (OZ) incentive has been put...

Spot Zoning
2020-07-02 03:55:51

Spot Zoning

Spot Zoning refers to the rezoning of an individual plot of land, where the rezoning benefits the owner of the plot but nega...

The C3 Commercial District
2020-06-25 04:55:00

The C3 Commercial District

A C3 commercial district is an area that permi...

Alteration Types
2020-06-19 05:13:49

Alteration Types

Most alteration to an existing building in New York City requires a permit from the Department of Buildings (DOB). The DOB d...

NEWS: Electronic Filing Set to be Mandatory for Most Building Permits and Applications in NYC
2020-06-10 11:17:51

NEWS: Electronic Filing Set to be Mandatory for Most Building Permits and Applications in NYC

Starting Monday, June 8, all New Building and Alterat...

As-of-Right Development
2020-06-02 02:28:26

As-of-Right Development

As-of-right development refers to any proposed construction or enlargements that comply with all the zoning regulations in a...

Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)
2020-05-26 01:46:28

Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)

The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure is a process of community board and city council review for new developments that will...

NYC’s Inclusionary Housing Program
2020-05-20 11:17:18

NYC’s Inclusionary Housing Program

NYC’s Inclusionary Housing Program is an offshoot of the national

NEWS: Construction Sputters Amid Coronavirus Shutdown
2020-04-22 01:57:42

NEWS: Construction Sputters Amid Coronavirus Shutdown

As part of the attempt to dampen the spread of COVID-19 across New York City, Governor Cuomo ordered all non-essential const...

Non-Complying Buildings
2020-04-17 01:06:48

Non-Complying Buildings

A non-complying building is any building that doesn’t comply with the bulk regulations of a particular zoning district. Thes...

Non-Conforming Use
2020-04-14 02:11:13

Non-Conforming Use

Non-conforming use refers to a structure, which function does not match its zoning district. For example, a factory that exi...

City Environmental Quality Review
2020-03-25 03:43:41

City Environmental Quality Review

The City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) is a process that assesses the environmental impact of certain developments or ...

Board of Standards and Appeals in NYC
2020-03-20 02:19:39

Board of Standards and Appeals in NYC

The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is made up of five commissioners who are appointed by the mayor of New York City. A...

Zoning Lots
2020-03-16 05:26:43

Zoning Lots

A lot or a zoning lot is a tract of land comprised of a single tax lot or two or more adjacent tax lots within a given block...

NEWS: City Council Proposes Strategic Land Use Legislation
2020-03-03 02:53:20

NEWS: City Council Proposes Strategic Land Use Legislation

The New York City Council has, as of Februa...

The C7 Commercial District
2020-02-25 06:46:20

The C7 Commercial District

The C7 district is a type of commercial district

The C8 Commercial District
2020-02-13 01:06:22

The C8 Commercial District

The C8 district is a commercial area that allo...

NEWS: The Housing Bill SB50 in California
2020-02-11 01:28:49

NEWS: The Housing Bill SB50 in California

The Housing Bill SB50, intended to solve the housing issue in California by upzoning many building areas in California and c...

NEWS: Nebraska Proposes the Bill ‘LB 794’
2020-01-29 05:16:47

NEWS: Nebraska Proposes the Bill ‘LB 794’

In January 2020, Senator of Nebraska Matt Hansen proposed a new bill to support affordable housing market, known as LB 794 o...

NEWS: Proposition E in San Francisco
2020-01-23 02:12:20

NEWS: Proposition E in San Francisco

The Proposition E ballot is one of the five measures proposed for the election on March 3, 2020, and is about to decide the ...

C6 District
2020-01-21 03:18:57

C6 District

The C6 district is a commercial district which...

NEWS: Bill Passed on Bird-Friendly Window Use in NYC
2020-01-03 01:18:44

NEWS: Bill Passed on Bird-Friendly Window Use in NYC

On December 10, 2019, the city council of NYC passed a bill that will aim to prevent the death of hundreds of thousands of b...

Coastal Zone Boundary
2019-12-30 00:14:55

Coastal Zone Boundary

The Coastal Zone Boundary is an area in which New York City's

NEWS: Green Roofs NYC - Local Law 92 and 94
2019-12-26 02:36:42

NEWS: Green Roofs NYC - Local Law 92 and 94

From November 15 onwards, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) introduced Local Law 92 of 2019 and Local Law 94 o...

NEWS: Green New Deal For Public Housing
2019-12-16 05:57:21

NEWS: Green New Deal For Public Housing

In November 2019, New York Representative and Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled ...

Transit Zone
2019-12-11 03:22:27

Transit Zone

Transit zones in NYC are dense urban areas with a low car ownership rate and different programs of affordable housing. These...

Overlay District
2019-12-10 00:22:08

Overlay District

An overlay district is an area that is additionally placed within an existing zoned districts (for example a

Environmental Protection Overlay District
2019-11-29 03:49:42

Environmental Protection Overlay District

An Environmental Protection Overlay District (EPOD) is an overlay zone located in sensitive environmental places in which sp...

NEWS: The Affordable Housing and Area Median Income Fairness Act
2019-11-21 00:55:01

NEWS: The Affordable Housing and Area Median Income Fairness Act

Picture by Frank Franklin II / AP FILE PHOTO On Tuesday, November 12, Democratic congresswoman Yvette Clarke, introd...

Historic Overlay
2019-11-13 02:22:59

Historic Overlay

An overlay district is an area that is additionally placed within an existing zoned districts, or superseding multiple borde...

Micro Apartments in NYC
2019-11-01 01:06:43

Micro Apartments in NYC

A micro apartment is, as its name indicates, a small residential dwelling intended for a single person or couple. Most micro...

Commercial Overlay
2019-10-29 01:09:21

Commercial Overlay

Commercial activities take part in a commercial di...

NEWS: Inclusionary Zoning in Marin County
2019-10-29 01:01:15

NEWS: Inclusionary Zoning in Marin County

The Supreme Court of the US might test the constitutionality of the inclusionary zoning ordinance in Marin County, Californi...

Inclusionary Zoning
2019-10-29 00:56:39

Inclusionary Zoning

Developed in the 1970s, inclusionary zoning (IZ) is a policy to push the construction of more affordable housing in the priv...

NEWS: Project Guidelines Loft Conversions, NYC
2019-10-15 03:49:48

NEWS: Project Guidelines Loft Conversions, NYC

On September 6, 2019, the

Hotels in NYC
2019-09-30 08:04:16

Hotels in NYC

Construction of hotels are allowed as-of-right in many

Opportunity Zone
2019-09-27 06:16:10

Opportunity Zone

The opportunity zone is an economically-distressed area, attractive for private investors, and thus a development tool inten...

R2 and R2A districts
2019-09-26 01:18:55

R2 and R2A districts

There are ten different residence districts, ra...

Air Rights in New York City
2019-09-16 09:35:31

Air Rights in New York City

Air Rights (or Development Rights) in New York City are the rights to build vertically into the sky, when (according to zoni...

Setback Regulations
2019-09-05 03:57:14

Setback Regulations

The US applies several zoning categories, such as r...

Height Regulations
2019-09-02 07:36:14

Height Regulations

The US applies several zoning categories, such as r...

NEWS: A New Zoning Code for Des Moines, Iowa
2019-08-26 06:38:49

NEWS: A New Zoning Code for Des Moines, Iowa

A new zoning proposal for the city of Des Moines, Iowa, was unanimously accepted by the city’s planning and zoning commissio...

Amendment: M1 Hotel Zoning in NYC
2019-08-12 01:24:44

Amendment: M1 Hotel Zoning in NYC

Due to the growth of tourism in New York City, the number of

Mixed Use District
2019-08-12 00:46:25

Mixed Use District

The mixed use district (MX district) is an area where mixed land uses are permitted. For instance, both residential and comm...

Commercial District
2019-08-05 09:15:49

Commercial District

Beside the residence,

Manufacturing District
2019-08-02 05:41:49

Manufacturing District

Zoning districts around the USA are mainly divided in three main areas: the

Floor Area Ratio
2019-08-02 05:34:40

Floor Area Ratio

The Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is the ratio of the total area of the building, compared to the size of the given land i.e. it co...

Privately Owned Public Spaces
2019-07-26 01:00:21

Privately Owned Public Spaces

Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) are spaces zoned for public use and controlled by the property’s owner. These public sp...

Special Purpose Districts
2019-07-22 09:32:45

Special Purpose Districts

Special purpose districts are area’s with particular qualities and functions, and are created to meet the needs of a neighbo...

NEWS: Trump’s Executive Order On Eliminating Regulatory Barriers On Affordable Housing
2019-07-15 13:03:22

NEWS: Trump’s Executive Order On Eliminating Regulatory Barriers On Affordable Housing

Picture: President Donald Trump, with HUD Secretary Ben Carson on June 25. Evan Vucci/AP (

NEWS: Oregon Banned Single-Family Housing
2019-07-11 10:03:33

NEWS: Oregon Banned Single-Family Housing

Oregon is on the way to major changes on its housing regulations. The new bill approved by the Oregon State House will allow...

Residence District
2019-07-09 08:53:35

Residence District

Next to the commercial,