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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 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 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 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...

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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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Policy Areas Food
Local governments can promote healthy eating and active living in their communities by supporting local farmers' markets. This brief suggests goals, policies, and actions to protect existing and promote new farmers' markets. It also features a model zoning ordinance that establishes...

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 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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Washington
Source Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Spaces
Green roofs and community gardens can bolster the locally grown food supply while sustainably utilizing public land in urban environments. This brief outlines how local governments can implement zoning and code reforms that facilitate urban farming and green space development. It...

Type Article
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source D.C. Policy Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This article covers the benefits of imposing a land-value tax in the District of Columbia on commercial and residential development. It recommends implementing a land value tax in mixed-use zones that show high opportunities for redevelopment. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for State Innovation
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
This report finds that most Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) could benefit from reforms that give them sufficient authority to guide regional planning, establish elected board members or population-based appointments, and implement state-approved performance standards. It...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
Lean Codes have compact formats, bare-bones standards, and lighter (pink) red tape, in contrast to the excessive controls, redundancies, contradictions, delays, and unintended consequences created by conventional codes (and some form-based codes, for that matter). Lean Development...

Type Policy Brief or Report, Act or Session Law
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City Of Minneapolis
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This is the full Minneapolis 2040 regional development plan. The 2040 Plan is a comprehensive master plan for development in the city. Critically, this plan rezoned the entire city of Minneapolis eliminating single-family zoning. They did this to address the affordable-housing crisis...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Alameda County
Policy Areas Housing, Public Spaces
This report presents standards for residential mixed-use projects in the Ashland and Cherryland Business District and the Castro Valley Central Business District. Although there are several different types of mixed-use development, this chapter only addresses mixed-use development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This policy brief discusses how access to parkland and recreational programs significantly reduces the risk of obesity in children and adolescents. It recommends that cities promote recreational programs in areas with fewer parks, convert vacant spaces into parkland, invest in traffic-calming...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Community Development, Food, Public Spaces
This report explains how a "Healthy Food Zone Ordinance" can regulate the proximity of fast food restaurants and convenience stores to schools, parks, childcare centers, or other locations frequented by children. It also includes a model ordinance which prohibits fast food restaurants...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The climate crisis unfolding across the globe has highlighted the need for cities to make drastic, time-sensitive changes in their environmental sustainability efforts and adaptation strategies. ProGov21's updated Environmental Roadmap calls on local governments to enact environmental...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Housing
Although local efforts to address housing affordability are often obstructed by state preemption laws, local authority over land use and zoning provides an opportunity for cities, towns and villages to improve access to housing. This report takes a look at the interplay of state policies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
This report urges policymakers to implement policies that tackle the rising cost of rent. In particular, states and cities should fund a major increase in the supply of affordable housing, adopt new forms of zoning regulation that can enable the increase in supply of affordable housing,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
A child's health is a key predictor for his or her future success and well-being. Unfortunately, far too many children face barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential because of where they live, learn and play. The inequitable distribution of social, economic and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Urban Habitat
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The physical landscapes of places and the sociocultural context in which people live and build communities have direct and indirect effects on mental wellness. This report looks at how factors related to the built environment, such as exclusionary land use practices, green spaces,...

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