Is your community ready to rethink its zoning?

For some reason, most US communities -most especially in metro Detroit- think that our half century and older methods of zoning are written in stone. CityLab suggests that it's time to evolve these out-dated notions of community building with "performance-based zoning."


"Conventional zoning is downright sinister in the ways that it forms a barrier against good urbanism. It prohibits live-work arrangements, residential over retail, and all other manner of the mixed-use environments that are proven formulas for vitality, walkability, and convenience. Outdated and NIMBY-driven codes ban accessory dwelling units and the occupation of carriage houses and in-law apartments, as well as infill cottages—building smaller dwellings on empty portions of already-developed residential land—which would instantly increase the supply of affordable housing."

Read the rest here.