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Zoning Reform - What's Next?

OnDemand Webinar (88 minutes)

Learn more about specific zoning reforms and recent and pending initiatives.Many architects, attorneys, and other practitioners understand that zoning regulations influence the size and shape of buildings and the relationships among uses in our neighborhoods. This topic will provide a deeper discussion of the types of policy goals that can be advanced through zoning, with a focus on recent and emerging reforms at both the local (primarily New York City) and national levels. It will begin with an overview of the history of zoning and of traditional entitlement schemes and zoning controls. The material will then turn to specific zoning reforms, with extended discussion of recent and pending initiatives to advance affordable housing policies, climate resiliency, improved transparency and fairness in entitlement processes, and economic recovery, among other things. Through discussion of these topics, the presenters will explore questions regarding the value and cost of zoning regulations, and the types of planning issues that can be effectively addressed through zoning.

Authors

Meenakshi Srinivasan, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Adam Taubman, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Agenda

Zoning Framework

• History of Zoning as One of Continuous Reform

• Differing Approaches to Entitlements: Subdivision Review, Site Plan Review, Discretionary vs. Ministerial Approvals

• Typical Zoning Controls: Use, Bulk, Parking and Loading, Signage

Reform #1: Affordable Housing

• Trend From Voluntary Toward Mandatory Inclusionary Housing

• Legal Constraints on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing

• Policy Successes and Failures

Reform #2: Climate Resiliency

• Green Zoning - Incentivizing Energy-Efficient Buildings

• Parking Reforms - Reducing Carbon Emissions

• Zoning for Flood-Resiliency

Reform #3: Entitlement Processes

• More Robust Comprehensive Planning Requirements

• Consideration of Non-Traditional Planning Factors, e.g., Racial and Economic Justice

• Changes in Ministerial and Discretionary Approval Processes

Reform #4: Addressing Impacts of COVID-19

• Embracing New Behaviors, e.g., Outdoor Dining, Joint Live-Work Arrangements

• Embracing New Procedural Norms, e.g., Remote Public Hearings

• Facilitating Economic Recovery Through Temporary Reforms

Reform #5: Emergent Uses and Building Forms

• Emergent Industries: Life Sciences and Last-Mile Distribution

• Supertall Skyscrapers - Development Rights Assemblages and Mechanical Voids

• Is Reform Always Necessary?