Tag: land use

Land Use Regulations Hike the Cost of Housing

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  SUMMARY  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… View Article

Friday Facts: February 27, 2015

It’s Friday! Events March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Find out more here. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “If you look at the Akamai State of the Internet report … or other objective data, there’s no question that America is better off, especially considering our relatively lower population density – in terms of deployment, speeds, prices, whatever metric you choose. Moreover, if you look at investment, in the U.S. it’s $562 per household. In Europe, it’s only $244.” – Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commissioner, on “net neutrality” “I’m not interested… View Article

Friday Facts: February 13, 2014

It’s Friday! Events February 18: Monday is the last day to register for, “Transportation Money Matters,” the Foundation’s February 18 Leadership Breakfast. A panel discussion by Kelly McCutchen and Baruch Feigenbaum of the Reason Foundation will tackle Georgia transportation and funding solutions. The event is open to the public. $30. Find out more here; register online here. March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “The thought that a federal bureaucrat knows better than parents what they can feed their own families is condescending… View Article
  This commentary was first published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich., and a sister think tank to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  By Audrey Spalding Though property vacancy is a pressing problem in some areas of Michigan, the government land banks created to address it may be doing more harm than good. Some land banks have actually blocked private buyers from purchasing vacant property, and others have discriminatory sales policies.  In the western part of the state, the Kent County Land Bank caused a stir last summer when it snapped up more than 40 vacant properties before tax auction. By doing so, the land bank blocked would-be buyers from… View Article

Vast Majority of Consumers Prefer the Suburbs

Americans’ preference for the suburbs has been demonized, and metro Atlanta’s spread-out suburbs have earned it the label of “poster child for sprawl.” Despite this push toward central cities, consumer preference remains single-family homes in the suburbs, Joel Kotkin writes in NewGeography: “Overall surveys tend to show that roughly 80 percent of adults prefer single-family houses, usually in either suburbs or exurbs. “Of course, many insist that, in the aftermath of the 2007 housing bust, Americans now are finally unlearning their bad habits. In 2010, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, pointing to the flood of foreclosures in suburban reaches of Phoenix, claimed that the die, indeed, was already cast. “We’ve reached the limits of suburban development,”… View Article
Atlanta – Did you know that Georgia had the nation’s fourth-highest foreclosure rate in 2012? There were 105,610 foreclosure filings last year, or one for every 39 homes. Who’s to blame? Greedy bankers? Corrupt politicians? Ignorant homeowners? Find out from Randal O’Toole, author of, “American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership,” at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8.a.m. on Tuesday, February 19 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.   The event, titled “American Dream, American Nightmare” is a not-to-be-missed explanation of the forces at play in the housing market in Georgia and in the nation, and how to rebuild the American Dream of homeownership. This event will cost $25 to attend. Register online by Friday,… View Article

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