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1st Edition

A Guide for 21st-Century Planning

ISBN 9781138593886
Published January 22, 2020 by Routledge
308 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Zoning is at once a key technical competency of urban planning practice and a highly politicized regulatory tool. How this contradiction between the technical and political is resolved has wide-reaching implications for urban equity and sustainability, two key concerns of urban planning. Moving beyond critiques of zoning as a regulatory hindrance to local affordability or merely the rulebook that guides urban land use, this textbook takes an institutional approach to zoning, positioning its practice within the larger political, social, and economic conflicts that shape local access for diverse groups across urban space. Foregrounding the historical-institutional setting in which zoning is embedded allows planners to more deeply engage with the equity and sustainability issues related to zoning practice.

By approaching zoning from a social science and planning perspective, this text engages students of urban planning, policy, and design with several key questions relevant to the realities of zoning and land regulation they encounter in practice. Why has the practice of zoning evolved as it has? How do social and economic institutions shape zoning in contemporary practice? How does zoning relate to the other competencies of planning, such as housing and transport? Where and why has zoning, an act of physical land use regulation, replaced social planning? These questions, grounded in examples and cases, will prompt readers to think critically about the potential and limitations of zoning. By reforging the important links between zoning practice and the concerns of the urban planning profession, this text provides a new framework for considering zoning in the 21st century and beyond.

Table of Contents

Opening Essay: Is Zoning the Answer? What's the Question? by Jerold S. Kayden Section I: Zoning in Context CHAPTER 1. Zoning matters: Institutions and Action for the 21st century CHAPTER 2. The Six Stories of Zoning CHAPTER 3. The Financialization of Zoning and the Fungibility of Air Rights CHAPTER 4. Rural Zoning: Land Use Policy in a Contested and Neglected Landscape Section II: Zoning in Planning CHAPTER 5. Zoning, Transport, and Urban Growth: An Institutional Perspective CHAPTER 6. Zoning Dollars and Change: Local Economic Development Zones CHAPTER 7. Zoning to Adapt: Climate change zoning and the lessons of environmental zoning efforts past CHAPTER 8. Zoning for inclusion and affordability:US lessons on the opportunities and limits for local housing policy Section III: Zoning in Practice CHAPTER 9. Zoning as a verb: a scaffolding for land use planning practice CHAPTER 10. Racial bias in zoning: the case of Durham, North Carolina, 1945-2014 CHAPTER 11. Zones of Resistance: Local Participatory Institutions in Two NYC Neighborhood Rezonings CHAPTER 12. Analyzing zoning as an institution: methods for scholarship and practice

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Elliott Sclar is Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development and Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University. He is a global expert on the finance and governance of transportation and land use, and his book You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization (Cornell, 2000) won the Louis Brownlow Award (2001) and the Charles Levine Prize (2000).

Bernadette Baird-Zars works on the implementation of land use and housing initiatives. With support from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, USAID-OCHA, and the Post-Conflict Cities Lab, her current research at Columbia University examines land practices over political transitions in Mexico, Syria, and the US. Bernadette is a partner at Alarife Urban Associates.

Lauren Ames Fischer is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the University of North Texas. Her research examines the governance processes and soocio-spatial impacts of urban transport and land use and has been supported by the National Science Foundation. Lauren holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

Valerie E. Stahl’s research explores housing policy and community planning in US cities. Her current project focuses on tenant engagement and resistance in a New York City public housing redevelopment. Valerie holds a master’s degree in Urban Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and is currently a PhD candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University.


“The editors of the new volume Zoning: A Guide for 21st-Century Planning have carefully selected a broad range of chapters which attest to the current state of zoning in U.S. urban planning practice. [T]his book is suitable for those who need to learn the basics of zoning, those who use it in practice daily, and those who study its use and effects.” -- Leah Hollstein in Journal of Urban Affairs