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.
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 • References