Portland becomes the latest city to scrap single-family zoning

More cities are overhauling their existing zoning laws in order to free up space for affordable housing. The latest city to do so is Portland, Oregon. Its City Council this week approved a wide-ranging rezoning ordinance that enables garden apartments and triplexes to be built beside existing single-family homes. The new policy is known as

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Zillow: Relaxed zoning laws could lead to millions of new homes

Allowing for even modest amounts of new density in the nation’s overwhelmingly single-family neighborhoods could lead to millions of new homes nationwide, according to a new Zillow analysis, helping alleviate a housing affordability crisis that has been decades in the making. If the Los Angeles area, for example, continues to add housing largely as it

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Minneapolis officially removes single-family zoning

Minneapolis has become the latest U.S. city to do away with single-family zoning laws, allowing a greater variety of construction within its neighborhoods. The measure to eliminate single-family zoning was approved in a 10-1 vote by Minneapolis City Council members. Single-family zoning laws have come under attack in several U.S. cities and states in recent

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Most consumers oppose housing density, study finds

Some cities have moved to alleviate housing shortages by increasing housing density, which means allowing more than one home to be built on a single lot. But while the method has proven to be effective, it’s not proving to be quite so popular with consumers. A new Redfin survey of 3,000 consumers who bought a

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Ben Carson targets single-family zoning laws

Red tape surrounding single-family zoning is one of the main obstacles in the way of providing more affordable housing, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has said. During a presentation in Minnesota this week, the secretary pointed to Minneapolis as a prime example of a city addressing homelessness by eliminating single-family zoning. Carson

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