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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Housing Solutions
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Housing rehabilitation codes preserve housing availability and reduce building rehabilitation costs by aligning code requirements with proposed renovations and prioritizing safety improvements. This guide helps local governments develop rehabilitation codes and features examples of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
As required by a 2014 state statute, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued official sea level rise projections effective February 22. They reflect a range of possible scenarios; at the high end, sea level in the New York City area could rise 75 inches...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Public Safety, Public Spaces
Localities should maintain code enforcement programs to improve both housing conditions and residents' wellbeing. This guide outlines the benefits of proactive rental inspection programs and provides an overview of program design. It recommends involving diverse stakeholders and community...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Housing Solutions
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Excessive or obsolete building standards and codes can increase development costs and depress construction activity. Local governments can support their housing supply by updating codes to allow developers to use new lower cost and higher-performing materials, coordinating codes with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Slipstream
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines collaborative energy efficiency plans developed by seven communities across Dane County. The collaboration's primary goals include developing a baseline energy use profile for municipal operations, identifying energy savings opportunities, and creating near term...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source California State Senate
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing
Recognizing the need for intervention in the housing market, California passed bill SB490 to create the Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Program (HARTAP). HARTAP will help qualified entities -including eligible non-profits, community land trusts, public...

Type Roadmap
Year 2023
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source BlueGreen Alliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources
The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act and the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law both provide investments that can be utilized to retrofit buildings, including Municipal, University, School, and Hospital (MUSH) buildings. MUSH buildings serve as essential community assets and represent...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source The Common Council of the City of Madison
Policy Areas Housing
This ordinance amends Madison General Ordinance 28.151 to allow a dwelling space to be located alongside a work space in a live/work unit. A live/work unit is a dwelling unit in combination with a shop, office, studio, or other work space within a mixed-use building, where the resident...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source 2022
Policy Areas Public Spaces
This ordinance requires buildings built before the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide encroachments (i.e. ramps, chairlifts, or other structures) to create accessible entrances for persons with disabilities....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2008
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source City and County of San Francisco
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance requires commercial building owners to turn off non-essential lighting between 11 PM and 6 AM to reduce energy consumption and promote sustainability. Non-essential lighting includes lighting used for advertising or aesthetic purposes. Building owners must post signs...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2023
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison Common Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
This ordinance would amend sections of the city's zoning code related to downtown and urban districts. It removes the maximum floor-to-floor story height and replaces it with height limits in feet, and also adds an affordable housing incentive for projects with a voluntary contractual...

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