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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07 Jun
District Opportunity to Purchase Act
Date Added: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Affordable Housing , Displacement    
State: Not Applicable
U.S. Federal
Washington D.C District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA) maintains the affordable status of existing housing and increases the number of affordable housing in the District. DOPA requires rental property owners to provide the District of Columbia with the opportunity to purchase housing accommodations consisting of five or more rental units if 25 percent or more of those rental units are “affordable”. The District’s right to purchase is subordinate to a tenant’s right to purchase under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)... Read More
07 Jun
Community Opportunity to Purchase Act
Date Added: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Affordable Housing , Displacement    
California
Municipal
San Francisco, California’s Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) requires sellers of buildings with three or more residential units, or vacant land that could be developed into three or more residential units, to give qualified non-profit organizations priority to purchase. COPA was created to prevent displacement and encourage the creation and preservation of affordable housing. .. Read More
07 Jun
Preservation of Affordable Housing Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Affordable Housing , Displacement    
Colorado
Municipal
Denver, Colorado’s Preservation of Affordable Housing Ordinance provides notice to the city and tenants when transitions from current assistance programs and/or affordable housing uses are planned. As well as provides purchase opportunities for the city to attempt to preserve the affordable housing. This ordinance also provides public financing assistance from the city to ensure the long-term affordability of affordable housing. .. Read More
07 Jun
Affordable Housing Preference Program
Date Added: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Affordable Housing , Displacement    
California
Municipal
San Francisco, California’s Affordable Housing Preference Program establishes a preference for occupying units or receiving assistance from the city’s affordable housing programs. The program notes that a preference in qualifying for affordable housing for residents who have been, or are about to be, displaced is necessary. The city also assists in preserving access to schools, after school programs, stores, community centers, places of worship, and health care providers... Read More
07 Jun
S.M.A.R.T Housing™ Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Affordable Housing , Impact Fees, Displacement    
Texas
Municipal
Austin, Texas’s S.M.A.R.T Housing™ is housing that is safe, mixed-income, accessible, reasonably priced, transit oriented, and compliant with the city’s building code. The City’s S.M.A.R.T Housing™ program encourages the development of S.M.A.R.T housing™ by waving certain development fees and exempting the development fees from impact fees. In the City, a department cannot change an ordinance, rule, or process that impacts affordability of housing unless the City’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department prepares an affordabil.. Read More
07 Jun
Affordable Housing Impact Statement Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Affordable Housing , Displacement    
Georgia
Municipal
Atlanta, Georgia’s Affordable Housing Impact Statement Ordinance requires that Community Development/Human Resources Committee (“Committee”) of the City Council regularly hears legislation that, impacts the overall housing stock of the city. The committee can then incentivize to alter their plans to include more affordable housing... Read More