The Relaxed Zoning Overlay

Zoning Practice — September 2011

By Stephen Pantalone, Justin Hollander, AICP


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This article introduces the Relaxed Zoning Overlay as a potential new tool for weak-market neighborhoods with high levels of property vacancy and includes a suggested ordinance framework for this new type of overlay.


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Sept. 1, 2011
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About the Authors

Stephen Pantalone

Justin Hollander, AICP
Justin B. Hollander, PhD, AICP is an Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He is an internationally renowned expert on urban planning and design, having written four books and over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and essays. He led the development of a new low-residency, post-Master’s C.A.G.S. in Urban Justice and Sustainabilty at Tufts.