Jobs-Housing Balance

PAS Report 516

By Jerry Weitz, FAICP

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Jobs-Housing Balance examines a controversial concept. Some have argued that the market is the mechanism that will achieve balance between jobs and housing.

Jerry Weitz, in his research of four types of jobs-housing imbalance, concludes that, in fact, the market has failed to achieve balance in three of the four jobs-housing balance scenarios he lays out. He provides a number of case studies to support his findings, including one from King County, Washington, showing that increases in housing costs are more gradual in areas with a jobs-housing balance.

This report counters the skeptics and points to those actions planners can take to help bring appropriate housing, jobs, and workforces together, resulting in overall community improvements.

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Nov. 30, 2003
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Table of Contents

What We Know and Don't Know

Applications of Job-Housing Balancing Policies

Getting Started: Some Recommended Steps

Adopting Jobs-Housing Balance Policies in Comprehensive Plans

Integrating Jobs-Housing Balance into Land-Use Regulations

Ensuring Qualitative Balance in Large-Scale Development Reviews

Practical Considerations

Concluding Observations