Form-based Zoning Codes
2022-05-25 01:11:59

Form-based Zoning Codes

Form-based zoning codes are land development regulations that consider the relationship between public space and building fo...

NEWS: NYC’s program to convert hotels into affordable housing is a zoning nightmare
2022-03-31 02:36:59

NEWS: NYC’s program to convert hotels into affordable housing is a zoning nightmare

With tourism down and many of New York City’s hotels empty amidst the pandemic, lawmakers last year created a program that a...

NEWS: Connecticut Zoning Atlas Encourages Zoning Reform
2022-03-09 03:27:55

NEWS: Connecticut Zoning Atlas Encourages Zoning Reform

The Connecticut Zoning Atlas is an interactive online map that shows which types of housing is allowed in each town througho...

Euclidean Zoning
2022-02-02 13:08:15

Euclidean Zoning

Euclidean zoning is a single-use zoning system where a town or community is divided into areas where specific uses of land a...

​​Could the future of zoning be LESS zoning?
2022-01-21 08:47:16

​​Could the future of zoning be LESS zoning?

The housing crisis spreading across the United States has led to skyrocketing home prices and a death of affordable housing....

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...

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...

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

Building Types

There are four main building types, according to the

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

C6 District

The C6 district is a commercial district which...

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

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

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

R2 and R2A districts

There are ten different residence districts, ra...

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...

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...

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...

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

Residence District

Next to the commercial,