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Arden Hills Minimum Distances Ordinance for Fast Food Restaurants
Date Added: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Healthy Communities, Low Nutrition Uses, Equity    
Minnesota
Municipal
Arden Hills, Minnesota enacted a minimum distance ordinance. In Arden Hills, “drive-in businesses” and “fast food restaurants” are not permitted within 400 feet of schools, churches, public recreation areas, and residentially zoned property. Fast-food restaurants also must be a minimum of 1,320 feet from one another. This helps prevent food swamps near important public places. .. Read More
Town of Warner Fast Food Density Cap
Date Added: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Healthy Communities, Low Nutrition Uses, Equity    
New Hampshire
Municipal
Town of Warner, NH has an ordinance that requires fast-food and drive-in restaurants to be at least 2,000 feet apart. This caps the density of fast-food restaurants and helps prevent food swamps near important public places. .. Read More
Hartford CT Fresh Food Requirement for Stores
Date Added: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Healthy Communities, Food Deserts, Low Nutrition Uses, Equity    
Connecticut
Municipal
In Hartford, Connecticut, the zoning code requires twenty percent of the net floor area of any convenience store to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, whole grain cereal, dairy products (excluding ice cream), and canned or dried goods without unhealthy additives. Requiring convenience stores and food trucks to provide more healthy food options helps combat food swamps and deserts. .. Read More
Affordable Housing
Date Added: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Accessory Uses , Affordable Housing , Comprehensive Planning, Healthy Communities    
Massachusetts
Municipal
Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts Chapter 9, Article II, Accessory Apartments and Apartment Units seeks to create additional affordable housing through permitting unpermitted existing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and encourage the creation of new ADUs. The ordinance also creates a local chapter of the states 40B, “Comprehensive Permit” program which “encourages the development of low- and moderate-income rental and owner-occupied housing and provides a means for the Board of Appeals to remove local barriers to the creation of affordable hous.. Read More
Adaptive Reuse: Governor Cuomo’s New Plan to Re-Purpose Buildings
Date Added: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Affordable Housing , Vacant & Distressed Properties    
New York
Municipal
In New York City, office, commercial, and hotel spaces have been unused due to the pandemic, leaving many spaces vacant. Because NYC has experienced a shortage of affordable housing for years, Governor Cuomo proposed a plan to repurpose vacant commercial properties into affordable housing units. This can help pandemic recovery proceed. Gov. Cuomo proposed a five-year period where these spaces will be converted. .. Read More
Berkeley votes for historic housing change: an end to single-family zoning
Date Added: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Affordable Housing , Zoning, Density    
California
Municipal
Berkeley’s zoning code was amended to eliminate all single-family zones and replace them with multi-family zones, allowing for development of duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes to alleviate the city’s housing strain. This is estimated to add an additional 9,000 housing units in the next several years. Berkeley was nationally known for being the “birthplace of exclusionary zoning,” and the town decided it was time to address the issue. The new units will match existing neighborhood style while also maintaining historic character... Read More
Adaptive Reuse: Governor Cuomo’s New Plan to Re-Purpose Buildings
Date Added: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Affordable Housing    
New York
Municipal
In New York City, office, commercial, and hotel spaces have been unused due to the pandemic, leaving many spaces vacant. Because NYC has experienced a shortage of affordable housing for years, Governor Cuomo proposed a plan to repurpose vacant commercial properties into affordable housing units. This can help pandemic recovery proceed. Gov. Cuomo proposed a five-year period where these spaces will be converted... Read More
New York City's Racial Equity Reports Int. No. 1572-B
Date Added: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Healthy Communities, Equity    
New York
Municipal
This legislation calls for the development of an equitable development data tool that will contain citywide, boroughwide, community district, and neighborhood-level data in New York City. The tool will be available online for public use and will contain data on demographic conditions, economic security, neighborhood quality of life and access to opportunity, housing security/affordability/quality and housing production. The data tool will also include a Displacement Risk Index. Data is disaggregated by race and ethnicity. The tool must be avail.. Read More
Carrboro, North Carolina Tree Requirements
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Healthy Communities, Climate Change Planning    
North Carolina
Municipal
Town of Carrboro, North Carolina sets requirements for tree retention and protection in parking lots, new developments, and more. There is a tree canopy coverage minimum for every lot or tract for which a zoning, special use, or conditional use permit is issued. Residential developments must meet a minimum of 40% lot coverage. If existing canopy is less than this, additional trees should be planted. Increasing trees acts as “air conditioning for cities” and can help mitigate Urban Heat Island. No pavement can be closer than 15 feet to the trunk.. Read More
Chicago, IL Density Bonuses for Green Roofs
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Healthy Communities, Density    
Illinois
Municipal
Green roofs are periodically inspected by the Department of Zoning. The floor area bonus for qualifying green roofs is calculated as follows: Bonus FAR = (area of roof landscaping in excess of 50% of net roof area ÷ lot area) × 0.30 × Base FAR... Read More
Connecticut ADU Bill
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Accessory Uses , Healthy Communities    
Connecticut
State
Recently passed a bill that promotes development of ADUs. HB 6107 legalizes all ADUs in the state and removes off-street parking requirements. This bill allows ADUs as of right on all properties that contain at least one single-family home. It also lists several restrictions which municipalities are now prohibited from placing on ADU development, including minimum age and occupant relationship requirements... Read More
Fairfax County, VA ADU
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Accessory Uses , Healthy Communities    
Virginia
Regional - Multiple Municipalities
ADUs in Fairfax County previously were only permitted in single family detached homes where approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals. The occupant of the main house or ADU was required to be at least 55 years old or have a disability. Only single-family residences are permitted to have an ADU and only interior ADUs are permitted as-of-right. The homeowner must live in one of the units and there must be at least one parking space for the ADU. The ADU can have a maximum of two bedrooms... Read More
Garden City Village, NY Affordable Housing
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Affordable Housing , Healthy Communities, Density    
New York
Municipal
Garden City Village enacted an Affordable Housing Density Bonus to promote affordable units within the village. Affordable housing is affordable for those whose income is 80% or less AMI. The density bonus includes a density increase by at least 10% or an increase in floor area ratio, and the additional units created must be dedicated affordable. These bonuses are permitted in any residential or mixed use zones in which five or more residential units are being developed. The ordinance also sets guidelines for permitting, deed, ownership, and co.. Read More
Miami, FL Tree Requirements
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Healthy Communities, Climate Change Planning    
Florida
Municipal
The City of Miami requires a tree permit “prior to the removal, relocation, root pruning or trimming more than 25% of any tree” and “prior to the removal, relocation, root pruning or trimming of any tree, plant or shrub located in any portion of the City of Miami’s right-of- way.” Chapter 17 of the city’s code was enacted to protect, preserve and restore the tree canopy. It is notable in that this applies to private property owners too... Read More
Norwalk, CT ADU Requirementd
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Accessory Uses , Healthy Communities    
Connecticut
Municipal
Norwalk sets multiple requirements for ADUs. The primary residence must have been in existence for at least three years and must meet minimum lot area requirements. Additionally, the owner of the property must reside on the premises. The ADU must only have one bedroom, which may be occupied by up to two adults and one child... Read More
Philadelphia, PA Voluntary Affordable Housing
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning, Healthy Communities    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
Philadelphia includes in its housing code a provision for voluntary affordable housing. Moderate income units will be priced at levels affordable for 60% AMI, while low income units will be priced for 50% AMI. Where at least 50% of gross floor area will be designated for residential development, floor area, height, or dwelling density bonuses may apply. The bonuses are calculated depending on the zone and income designation. These affordable units must constitute at least 10% of all units, be affordable for 50 years, and be of comparable qualit.. Read More
Pinellas County, FL Incentivizes Affordable Housing
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning, Healthy Communities    
Florida
Regional - Multiple Municipalities
Pinellas County provides numerous incentives for affordable housing development: expedited permit processing, review fee relief, reduced parking requirements, housing in commercial zones, donation of publicly owned land, identifying qualified renters or buyers, density bonuses, accessory structures, reduced setback requirements, street design modifications, and zero lot lines. Where 20% of the units are affordable to households at 60% AMI or below, these incentives may apply... Read More
Portland, OR Green Roofs
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Healthy Communities, Climate Change Planning    
Oregon
Municipal
Portland requires all new buildings with a net building area of 20,000 square feet or more in the Central City Plan District zoned CX, EX, RX, and IG1 to have green roofs (33.510.243 Ecoroofs). Up to 40% of the roof can alternatively house mechanical equipment, skylights, solar panels, wind turbines, rain capture equipment, or common areas. Green roofs are cooler than conventional roofs, help with air pollution, and keep buildings cooler... Read More
SeaTac, WA ADU
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Accessory Uses , Affordable Housing , Healthy Communities    
Washington
Municipal
Requires the primary residence or ADU to be occupied by the owner in order to build and rent out an ADU. The city allows for ADUs in order to maximize the use of existing housing stock, improve cost efficiency of existing infrastructure, increase opportunities for homeowners, and provide housing options for a wide range of income and status. Most ADUs are required to meet a maximum of 800 square feet while preexisting ADUs may have up to 45% of the square footage of the primary residence. The code also sets maximum occupancy, height, desig.. Read More
West Hartford, CT Removes ADU Barriers
Date Added: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Accessory Uses , Healthy Communities    
Connecticut
Municipal
West Hartford previously permitted ADUs, but the lot must have been double the size of what was required for a particular zone. Additionally, only domestic employees or guests of the primary residence owner were permitted to reside in the ADU. A new ADU ordinance was passed, setting size, material, and parking requirements. The restrictive occupancy requirements were removed... Read More