Welcome to the Gaining Ground Information Database!

A research library intended to be Ground Control for practical and scholarly explorations of innovative land use laws, policies, and practices.

The Land Use Law Center's Gaining Ground Information Database is a free and ever-expanding online database featuring best practice models used by government to control the use of land in the public interest. It includes a collection of federal, state, and local ordinances; commentaries; research papers; research aids; and much more.

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22 Apr
Land Use Law Center Streamlined Review & Approval Process
Date Added: Saturday, April 22, 2017
New York
For cities and villages to encourage needed development and the tax base benefits it brings, they must be certain that the process of receiving, reviewing, and acting on applications for land use approvals is efficient, saving applicants the time and cost of undue delays. Streamlining ensures that this process is as clear and understandable as possible, from the moment an applicant enters city or village hall until a Certificate of Occupancy for a project is secured. This document is designed to assist municipalities in assessing the purpose o.. Read More
19 Jan
City of Nampa Corridor Beautification Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
New York
In response to an increasing number of businesses that directly abutted thoroughfares in Nampa without any landscaping to buffer their appearance, Nampa initiated the idea of a corridor beautification ordinance. The ordinance requires land between the front of properties and a road to be fully landscaped from a select list of trees and shrubs. It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the landscaping. One of the main goals of the ordinance is to present an appealing image to people traveling in the city, and to reduce heat, no.. Read More
14 Nov
City of Hillsboro Zoning Ordinances for the SCR-V District
Date Added: Monday, November 14, 2016
Mixed/Multiple Use, Transportation & Land Use Planning    
The City of Hillsboro enacted specific zoning ordinances for the SCR-V district that surrounds the transit station at the Orenco Station. This zoning is intended to promote mixed-use around the transit center... Read More
19 Sep
State of Massachusetts Environmental Joint Powers Agreement
Date Added: Monday, September 19, 2016
Intermunicipal Agreements    
This statute authorizes public agencies, defined below and including cities and towns, to enter into “joint powers agreements” to advance the constitutional objectives of natural resource and environmental protection. Such agreements must contain information as required under this statute and are subject to the approval of the secretary of environmental affairs... Read More
19 Sep
Town of Old Saybrook Participation in the Connecticut River Estuary Planning Agency
Date Added: Monday, September 19, 2016
Intermunicipal Agreements    
This ordinance joins the town to the Connecticut River Estuary regional planning organization, which under the CT River Gate Way Commission sets minimum environmental standards to reduce the impacts of development within the Connecticut River Estuary for nine member towns... Read More
28 Aug
City of Memphis Amenity Incentives Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
This ordinance provides for floor area bonuses in exchange for public pedestrian plazas/ arcades. To qualify for the floor area bonus, the plaza/ arcade must meet specific design criteria. A floor area bonus may also be awarded for the development of affordable housing. This ordinance is especially notable as development incentives are also established to encourage participation in the implementation of a comprehensive greenway network... Read More