Plus: America Has 8 Parking Spots for Every Car
July 7, 2021
Livable Communities Newsletter
Publications & Resources
Incremental Code Reform
Urban planner Lynn Richards (pictured), the former president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, explains how simple changes in zoning, codes and land development regulations can lead
to better neighborhoods.
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Building Support for Code Reform
Change is both a technical and political process.
To revise a zoning code, advocates need to actively engage, educate and inspire the community. (By the way, the pictured location was once a failing strip mall. Code reform helped in its revitalization as a vibrant mixed-use area with housing, restaurants, shops and more.)
Livability News & Notes
America Has 8 Parking Spots for Every Car
— Parking takes up about one-third of the land area in the nation's cities. By getting rid of parking minimums and changing zoning, several cities are gaining valuable space.
A New Neighborhood Says No to Cars
— When it opens next year, Culdesac Tempe, a 17-acre multi-use development in Tempe, Arizona, will be the first community in the nation intentionally built to be car-free.
Connecticut Reforms Its Zoning Code Statewide
— The new law promotes the creation of more housing that's affordable by dismantling exclusionary zoning regulations, legalizing accessory dwelling units, addressing outdated parking mandates, and more.
Order or download
Enabling Better Places: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods
a free publication about incremental zoning code reform by AARP and the Congress for the New Urbanism.
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