Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Information
What can you do?
- Join the UDO Mail Chimp email list to receive updates from CONA regarding City Council meetings regarding the UDO.
- Attend a City Council meeting. The most important meeting to attend is October 22, 6pm in Council Chambers of City Hall. (You don’t have to speak; your presence is enough to make a difference).
- Submit a Letter to the Editor of the Herald Times
- Contact your City Council Members and let them know how you feel about changes to zoning in your neighborhood and city. Not sure who represents your district? Find your City Council representatives:
- Build More Housing’ Is No Match for Inequality – A new analysis finds that liberalizing zoning rules and building more won’t solve the urban affordability crisis, and could exacerbate it. By Richard Florida
- Two new studies challenge notion that upzoning leads to more affordable housing – The trickle-down and ‘housing-as-opportunity’ school of thought are fundamentally flawed and lead to simplistic and misguided public policy recommendations.
- Does Upzoning Boost the Housing Supply and Lower Prices? Maybe Not. – A new study of zoning changes finds that they led to higher, not lower, local home prices, while having no discernible impact on local housing supply.
- New MIT study suggests the Yimby narrative on housing is wrong – Higher density leads to higher prices, not more affordability, a review of an up-zoning experiment in Chicago shows.
- Housing, urban growth and inequalities: The limits to deregulation and upzoning in reducing economic and spatial inequality
- Despite thorough debunking, neoliberal housing politics prevail in the Bay Area – Developers are going to build to meet the luxury need first, and in the process of doing that, the displacement happens, the harm to communities happens. A Venn diagram of politicians who espouse YIMBYism and politicians who receive donations from the real estate industry would likely resemble a circle.
- So You Want to Change Zoning to Allow for More Housing? – Jurisdictions are beginning to understand that up-zoning in order to absorb growth has unintended consequences — it increases the value of the real estate and therefore increases displacement pressures.
- In the Short Run, Density Alone Won’t Solve Affordable Housing Crisis – Evidence increasingly shows that people need affordable housing now, and that the long run could be too late. Density can and should be part of the affordability equation, but it must be done thoughtfully and in a way that does not limit affordability in the short run.
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