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.

Want us to list your program? If you have an exemplary local policy or regulation that you would like us to consider posting on the Database, let us know! Email: landuse@law.pace.edu

Recently Uploaded Resources

19 Jul
General Plans and Zoning: A toolkit for building healthy, vibrant communities
Date Added: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Land Use Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
This resource is helpful for communities to look to see how zoning and public health relate. There is an overlap between public health and zoning. On page 135, the City of Berkley provides an example of zoning for food access. It discusses how local zoning and land use law influenced the city to cater to the needs of the town and push for a grocery store offering affordable fresh foods. When motivating community residents to speak for the needs of their fellow neighbors and quality of food access, projects get completed. This document also dis.. Read More
18 Jul
National Healthy Housing Standard
Date Added: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Affordable Housing , Healthy Communities    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
Affordability, location, and quality of housing have all been independently linked to health. The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) have created an evidenced based National Healthy Housing Standard as a tool to reconnect the housing and public sectors, and as an evidence based-standard of care for those in the position of improving housing conditions. The Standard developed by these two groups provides health-based provisions to fill gaps where no property maintenance policy exists and .. Read More
17 Jul
Early Community Outreach for Design Review
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Pre-Application & Consensus Building, Equity    
Washington
Municipal
In October 2017, the City of Seattle enacted a new set of regulations related to Design Review, an official city process that has allowed community members as well as professional planners and designers to weigh in on new development projects in Seattle since 1994. Among the updates, is a measure that allows the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) to make rules for community outreach and early design guidance for projects going through Design Review. Pursuant to this measure, SDCI created a new rule for Early Communi.. Read More
17 Jul
A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
The Healthy Equity Guide is meant to assist practitioners with promoting health and preventing chronic disease in local communities. This information has been gathered from local, state and tribal organizations as lessons on what to look for when addressing health inequities. A major topic discussed is using green infrastructure and adopting bike/walking paths to address disproportionate rates of obesity and create access to healthy food resources. It also discusses creating safe and accessible streets for all users. In Section two, the d.. Read More
17 Jul
Seattle Food Action Plan
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Land Use Planning, Local Food Production, Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
Washington
Municipal
The city adopted the “Seattle Food Action Plan” in 2013, created by the Office of Sustainability and Environment, that lays out specific strategies to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents. This plan is aimed at expanding opportunities for people to grow and procure healthy food in the city, enhancing the regional economy, and reducing food-related waste. The Food Action Plan involves many departments of the city, including the Human Services Department, responsible for developing community gardens to provide meal programs for childre.. Read More
17 Jul
Local Food Supply: A Chapter of the Marquette County Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Local Food Production, Healthy Communities, Zoning, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
Michigan
Municipal
The County of Marquette added a chapter to its Comprehensive Plan entitled Local Food Supply as a way to expand the local economy through increased local food production and to enhance the health of residents through better access to affordable, healthy foods. Some of the policies enacted via this Local Food Supply Plan include amending the zoning code to allow for small scale agricultural uses in residential zones, establishing community gardens, developing educational opportunities to teach the importance of local food production, supporting .. Read More