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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report compares estimates of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in Hawaii under current conditions versus VMT when policies are implemented to manage travel demand. These policies include transportation demand management (employer-based programs that encourage employees to carpool,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines opportunities to improve transit connectivity, economic development, and sustainability in the Urbana-Champaign region. It outlines planning procedures, zoning guidelines, transit-oriented development opportunities, and market analysis results for the White Street...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Food
This ordinance amends the Downtown and Urban Districts section of the Madison zoning code. The ordinance establishes design standards; establishes building material standards and use; lists all permitted and conditional uses, including allowing community and market gardening, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Housing
Strong economic, demographic and household trends reveal a tremendous pent-up demand to use homes for employment, pressuring the marketplace to accommodate all types of live-work units. Yet for the past half-century, live-work units have essentially been made illegal or discouraged...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This report outlines best practices for effective park development and recommends that cities take inventory of their land assets, prioritize park safety and equity, and regularly engage with the public. It also highlights case studies that have implemented successful park development...

Type Ordinance
Year 2003
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Santa Clara City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
This ordinance prohibits the construction of large-scale retail stores, or superstores, within Santa Clara. Any entity who wished to operate a large-scale retail store shall apply for and receive a Use Permit. Permit applicants must prepare an environmental impact report and economic...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2009
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Many schools are surrounded by fast food restaurants, which provide students with easy access to unhealthy foods and undermine schools' efforts to offer nutritious meals. Prohibiting fast food restaurants from locating near schools is one strategy to help reduce childhood obesity...

Type Ordinance
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Louisiana
Source City of New Orleans
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance outlines use and design standards for both rental and owner-occupied affordable housing. It requires that at least 10% of units in new developments within eligible zones are made affordable and ensures that these units will incorporate the same design features and have...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The New School
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
While local zoning codes and land use policies historically have been tools for segregating people and concentrating pollution in low-income communities and communities of color, community-based advocacy can transform these same tools into means for addressing cumulative burdens borne...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania, Texas
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
Parks enhance communities by promoting physical, mental, and social health. This guide outlines the 'complete parks approach', which helps local governments promote parks improvements by engaging communities who have historically been overlooked during parks planning discussions,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice
This ordinance requires planned superstores to complete an economic impact analysis before seeking approval for their projects. These reports shall identify whether the superstore would result in the physical displacement of any jobs and businesses; the demolition of housing; the...

Type Model Law
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Executive Office Of Energy And Environmental Affairs
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance: requires a permit for any development that results in a net increase of 10 or more dwelling units and the grant of a Special Permit from the Board of Appeals or other designated Special Permit Granting Authority for such a development; requires that any developer using...

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Year 2021
Level -
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Housing
Regulatory barriers make housing less affordable to millions of households in the US and abroad. If regulatory barriers were reduced, small developers could provide housing at more affordable prices. This article assesses the current state of knowledge about the effects of federal,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Brookings
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
Equitable housing policies should build safe units, mitigate environmental impacts, reduce barriers to high-opportunity neighborhoods, and supplement incomes for households in need. This article outlines six goals for improving housing equity and availability, including clarifying...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development, Public Spaces, Data & Technology
The District Department of Transportation and the District of Columbia Office of Planning led an effort to develop an empirical model for parking utilization in Washington, D.C, and to apply that model to an interactive, web-based tool utilizing the model named ParkRight DC, to support...

Type Ordinance
Year -
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source City of San Diego
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
This section of San Diego's municipal code establishes regulations for public facilities that are provided by private entities. It outlines permitting requirements for private developers and implements development impact fees which are assessed on new developments to generate revenue...

Type Model Law
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Economic Justice
This report highlights the challenges low-income families face in accessing affordable housing and recommends a model inclusionary housing ordinance. The model legislation implements inclusionary zoning, which encourages or requires developers to include a percentage of affordable...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
This ordinance requires an owner of a vacant building to register the building with the city within thirty days of the building becoming vacant. The owner must renew this registration every six months until the building is no longer vacant. After registering the building, the owner...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing
This ordinance incentivizes the construction of 100% affordable and educator housing projects by permitting these developments to build above existing height limits and on more parcels of land around the city. This ordinance also provides other relevant zoning modifications, including...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Department of Public Health
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Housing, Public Safety
This report features a Health Impact Assessment of Measure JJJ on affordable housing, inclusionary zoning, and labor standards for the city of Los Angeles. It includes analysis of potential impacts of transit-oriented communities overlay and value capture policies....

Type Ordinance
Year 1999
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Easton Town Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance enacts a temporary moratorium on big box store applications and hearings to allow time for residents and town officials to consider the impacts of large-scale retail and amends the town zoning law accordingly....

Type Ordinance
Year 2005
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Council of the City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Public Spaces
Labor disputes can interrupt the efficient operation of hotels. As a result, this ordinance requires all hotels on city-owned property to sign labor peace agreements with labor organizations seeking to represent hospitality workers. These contracts will prohibit the labor organizations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Georgetown Climate Center
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Rising sea levels pose threats to current planning, existing development, and ecological systems. These threats include flooding, enhanced storm surges, loss of infrastructure, destruction of wetlands and beaches, and increased risks for public health and safety. In response to these...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This report outlines a series of strategies that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change through risk management in the Metro-Boston region. It provides recommendations in five major sectors (built environment and key infrastructure, coastal zone, natural resources and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
This report examines market characteristics and barriers to affordable and workforce housing development in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It outlines the extent of affordable housing development in the county over past years, financing approaches, and best practices for increasing the...

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