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 Oct
Planning: Build-Out and Capacity Analysis
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Build-Out Analysis    Capacity Analysis    Smart Growth    
New Jersey
The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions put together a Smart Growth Survival Kit that includes documents on the Environmental Resource Inventory, Affordable Housing, the Master Plan, and using Ordinances to protect local natural resources. Planning: Build-Out and Capacity Analysis is a part of the Survival Kit which details what Build-Out and Carrying Capacity are as well as the steps that must be taken in order to complete the analyses. A Build-Out Analysis helps determine what a municipality will look like if all the vacan.. Read More
07 Oct
Flood Plain District
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Floodplain Regulations    
The current ordinances of Lincoln are currently being posted in anticipation of the revised ordinances which are expected to be passed by the summer of 2004. The revised ordinances, which are specifically for new-growth areas, endorse the policy of No Adverse Impact, and the regulations reflect these tenets with provisions that include “no net rise”, “compensatory storage” and “minimum flood corridor.”.. Read More
24 Jul
Clustering & Cluster Development
Friday, July 24, 2015
Clustering & Cluster Development    
New York
This residential cluster development law establishes a procedure for specifying the zoning district in which the law is applicable and the objectives to be accomplished. The law’s “standards” provide the applicable density and dimensional requirements and siting guidelines. The law provides for the preservation of open space land and the granting of perpetual conservation easements to the municipality or qualified not-for-profits that prevent further development. .. Read More
23 Jul
Coastal Zone Management Act
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Coastal Protection    Wildlife & Fish Habitat    Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
U.S. Federal
The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) and the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 offer state governments a voluntary partnership with the federal government to protect coastal resources. To receive federal funding, participating states must create approved coastal zone management programs. The Act calls for the coordination of state and local water quality plans and specifies that federal agency activity “within or outside the coastal zone that affects any land or water use or natural resource of the coastal zone” must.. Read More
22 Jul
Drinking Water Protection (DWP) Overlay District
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    Aquifer Protection    
Springfield created a Drinking Water Protection Overlay District that contains four time of travel zones (TOTZ) around its wellheads “to protect aquifers used as potable water supply sources by the City from contamination.” Within these zones the ordinance restricts use of hazardous materials, which could potentially enter and harm the groundwater. The district includes 0-1, 1-5, and 10-20 year TOTZ... Read More
23 Jul
§ 3-4-3 Affordable Housing Policy
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Affordable Housing    
New Mexico
This statute describes the affordable housing policy of the city of Albuquerque, NM. The policy sets the affordable housing rate at thirty percent of the family’s income for rental and home ownership housing, and that the purchase price of the home does not exceed eighty percent of the median price of an existing home for affordable home ownership housing. The statute also describes which households are low- and median-income households, and describes changes in the functions and appointments of the Affordable Housing Committee... Read More