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Land Use, Zoning and Growth Management

Land Use, Zoning and Growth Management ImageThe major tools that communities use to manage land use are comprehensive planning, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and growth management policies. NAR supports land use regulations that strike a fair and reasonable balance between private property rights and community interests.

NAR Resources

NAR Land Use Initiative (NAR members only) Free expert analysis of comprehensive plans, zoning codes, and other land use and growth management measures. Available to state and local REALTORS® associations.

NAR Land Use Initiative Memo Database (NAR members only) A database of the written reports that have been prepared for state and local REALTOR® Associations by the NAR Land Use Initiative, divided by subject, date, state, and searchable by keyword,

NAR Smart Growth e-News Quarterly Report (NAR members only) A quarterly e-News report provides information and status on land use and growth related initiatives at the state and local levels for all 50 states.

NAR Custom State Smart Growth Legislation Program (NAR members only) Free expert assistance with the creation of legislation at the state level to deal with land use and smart growth issues. Available to state REALTORS® associations.

NAR Sponsors Study of Land Supply Monitoring This ongoing study, sponsored by NAR and being conducted by the University of Maryland's National Center for Smart Growth will help local governments develop better techniques for understanding land supply and demand in their areas.

Washington State Growth Management Act Analysis This study, commissioned by NAR, examines how the Washington Growth Management Act has worked out in practice.

NAR Growth Management Fact Book(NAR members only) The Growth Management Fact Book introduces the ideas local and state governments have used to promote growth management and prevent sprawl.

What Flavor Is Your Containment? Containing Urban Sprawl A study by Virginia Tech for NAR that categorizes the different types of urban containment in use today.

NAR Field Guides

Development Impact Fees
Impacts of Property Taxes on Real Estate
Inclusionary Zoning
New Urbanism
Smart Growth & Growth Management
Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs)
Zoning Laws & Ordinances

Other Resources

Zoning Reform Has Begun: Form-Based Codes An introduction to the new types of regulations that support mixed-use neighborhoods with a range of housing types by focusing more on the size, form, and placement of buildings and parking, and less on land use (residential vs. commercial) and density (housing units per acre).

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation and Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation
These reports, by the Smart Growth Network and International City/County Management Association(ICMA), provide policy options for states and communities who want to achieve smart growth and more livable communities. These options can be mixed and matched to fit local circumstances, visions, and values. The reports include practical tips and also highlight steps that the private sector can take to encourage more livable communities.

Brookings Institution Center on Metropolitan Studies The Bookings Institution Center on Metropolitan Policy seeks to shape a new generation of urban policies that will help build strong cities and metropolitan regions. The site contains policy briefs, news articles and studies. Information on state-by-state growth management legislation is also available at the site.

Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech The Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech (MI) conducts basic and applied research on national and international development patterns, focusing on key forces shaping metropolitan growth such as demographics, environment, technology, design, transportation, and governance. It seeks to expand knowledge in urban and metropolitan affairs in order to improve policy and practice, and educate the general public on important issues facing communities

Local Government Commission The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.

The Reason Public Policy Institute A public policy think tank promoting choice, competition, and a dynamic market economy as the foundation for human dignity and progress. Land Use and development is one of the Institute's major policy areas.

The Smart Growth Network The Smart Growth Network partners include environmental groups, government agencies, real estate groups, and professional organizations. The Network works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment, and is a forum for sharing information and promoting Smart Growth "best practices."


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