Restrictive land use regulations include parking limits, minimum lot sizes, “inclusionary” zoning and urban growth boundaries. They are an important factor in skyrocketing housing costs
in some of America’s largest cities, according to a Mercatus Center study, “How Land-Use Regulation Undermines Affordable Housing,” published November 4, 2015.
The summary is below; find the full study here.
How Land-Use Regulation Undermines Affordable Housing
By Sanford Ikeda and Emily Washington
The vast majority of municipalities in the United States regulate land use and development to some degree. Land-use regulations come in many forms, ranging from traditional zoning and density restrictions to newer “smart growth” policies designed to limit urban sprawl. While these rules have some benefits, they can also restrict housing…