Housing Reform Through State Legislation and Local Zoning

Zoning Practice — June 2019

By Catherine Hinshaw, Joseph DeAngelis, AICP


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The United States is facing a housing crisis. Housing affordability and availability challenges are leading planners, state and local elected officials, developers, and community leaders to reconsider the tools necessary to dramatically expand the supply of housing. State legislators in particular are increasingly recognizing the role that legislation can play in local housing supply, choice, opportunity, and affordability.

This edition of Zoning Practice examines influential local zoning approaches to housing affordability challenges, highlights examples of state legislative efforts related to zoning in local communities, and discusses the variety of ways in which states are increasingly engaging in this conversation.


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June 1, 2019
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About the Authors

Catherine Hinshaw
Catherine Hinshaw is the State Government Affairs Associate for the American Planning Association where she manages state level policy and issue advocacy. Prior to APA, Catherine worked at the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, coordinating with the coalition’s 45 member organizations to advance their policy priorities and managing their communications and digital engagement. Catherine is a native North Carolinian and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Furman University.

Joseph DeAngelis, AICP
Joseph DeAngelis is a planner and Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association in Chicago. Joseph's primary area of research is in the realm of climate adaptation and community resilience. He is currently working on two NOAA-funded projects related to local climate science integration and community adaptation to climate change impacts. Previously, he was a resiliency planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, where he worked on long-term planning and zoning solutions for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Joseph is also the co-editor of APA's Zoning Practice