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  1. A Reformer’s Guidebook to Zoning’s Knots

    Approval Processes for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston
    Documentos de trabajo
    Octubre 2021
    Amy Dain

    Local permitting of residential construction in Boston’s suburbs has evolved, along a centurylong trend line, to be more flexible, political, complex, unpredictable, and ad hoc. The route to...

  2. Property Taxes

    What Everybody Needs to Know
    Documentos de trabajo
    Septiembre 2021
    Ronald C. Fisher

    The property tax is the largest single source of revenue under the control of state or local governments in the United States. Property taxes provide a fundamental fiscal foundation for all types of...

  3. The Evolution of a Land Trust

    Placing Social Transformation at the Center of the Conservation Effort
    Documentos de trabajo
    Septiembre 2021
    Fernando Lloveras San Miguel

    This narrative examines the evolution of a land trust, Para la Naturaleza (PLN) in Puerto Rico, as it navigated a vast array of challenges. These challenges led Para la Naturaleza to transform itself...

  4. Mandating Access to Affordable Housing, City by City

    Is France’s Fair-Share SRU Law a Model for U.S. Metropolitan Areas?
    Documentos de trabajo
    Septiembre 2021
    Yonah Freemark

    In 2000, France’s legislature passed the Loi relative à la Solidarité et au renouvellement urbains (SRU) law, a housing affordability requirement for many municipalities across...

  5. Climate Change Adaptation and Property Values

    A Survey of the Literature
    Documentos de trabajo
    Agosto 2021
    Katherine A. Kiel

    This paper surveys the current literature of the impact of climate change adaptation on residential property values. Several categories of adaptation are considered including ecosystem management,...

  6. Climate and Housing Crisis

    A Research Agenda for Urban Communities
    Documentos de trabajo
    Agosto 2021
    Michael P. Johnson, Patricio Belloy, Heather MacLean, and Sajani Kandel

    Housing unaffordability and climate change adversely affect the lives of Boston area residents. These crises are amplified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are especially salient for low- and...

  7. Scenario Planning in Small and Mid-Size Legacy Cities

    Framework and Tool Adaptations in Youngstown, Ohio
    Documentos de trabajo
    Agosto 2021
    Thomas Hilde and Hunter Morrison

    This paper examines how scenario planning frameworks and tools—largely designed for contexts of regional growth—can be adapted for land use and development planning in small and mid-size...

  8. The Eight Deaths of Portland’s Residential Infill Project

    Documentos de trabajo
    Julio 2021
    Michael Andersen

    In 2020, Portland became the largest modern U.S. city to end so-called “single-family zoning,” legalizing up to four market-rate homes on almost any residential lot, or up to six homes on...

  9. Eight Ingredients for a State-Level Zoning Reform

    Lessons from Oregon’s House Bill 2001
    Documentos de trabajo
    Julio 2021
    Michael Andersen

    In 2019, Oregon passed a first-of-its-kind state law that ordered larger cities and the Portland metro area to rapidly legalize duplexes on all residential lots and fourplexes, triplexes, townhomes,...

  10. Examining State Planning Enabling Laws Regarding Water Planning Requirements

    Documentos de trabajo
    Julio 2021
    Cassie Pettit and Sagar Shah

    This report summarizes the methodology, findings, and implications of examining and evaluating the legal requirements for water provisions within comprehensive plans in each of the 50 states. Focus...

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