Growth controls and affordable housing: results from a national survey

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Starting in the early 1970s, local governments in the US began to adopt new kinds of controls on residential development. Unhappy with sprawl, they adopted urban growth boundaries; worried about the rapid pace of development, they capped the number of building permits issued annually; concerned that new development was placing unbearable burdens on local infrastructure, they began adopting ordinances prohibiting development if it created unacceptable service levels on local roads and of other public facilities. Many states now require that their local governments develop housing programs. The results of a recent survey provide interesting insights about the places where these changes in planning and affordable housing programs have taken hold. A mail survey was done in mid-1994 to obtain more complete and current information about residential land-use controls and affordable housing programs in various regions of the country. Surveys went to more than 1500 planning directors in every local jurisdiction with at least 10 000 residents, land-use regulatory authority, and a location in one of the 25 largest census-defined metropolitan areas. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Planning Association - Planning Advisory Service Memo
Issue numberJuly
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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