280 pages | 22 B/W Illus.
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 re-forging 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.
Section I: Zoning in Context
CHAPTER 1. Zoning matters: Institutions and Action for the 21st century
Elliott Sclar, Bernadette Baird-Zars, Lauren Ames Fischer, and Valerie Stahl
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
Evangeline R. Linkous
Section II: Zoning in Planning
CHAPTER 5. Zoning, Transport, and Urban Growth: An Institutional Perspective
Lauren Ames Fischer
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
Andrew H. Whittemore
CHAPTER 11. Zones of Resistance: Local Participatory Institutions in Two NYC Neighborhood Rezonings
Valerie E. Stahl
CHAPTER 12. Analyzing zoning as an institution: methods for scholarship and practice
Rosalie Singerman Ray, Bernadette Baird-Zars and Elliott Sclar