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Current Work on Regulatory Barriers at the Bloustein School. Stuart Meck, FAICP/PP, Faculty Fellow and Director, Center for Government Services—stumeck@rci.rutgers.edu U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Call to Action Symposium, Washington, DC October 17, 2008.

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Current Work on Regulatory Barriers at the Bloustein School

Stuart Meck, FAICP/PP, Faculty Fellow and Director, Center for Government Services—stumeck@rci.rutgers.edu

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Call to Action Symposium, Washington, DC

October 17, 2008

a national survey of local land use regulations
A National Survey of Local Land-Use Regulations
  • Researchers: Robert W. Burchell & Michael L. Lahr, et al.
  • Completed for HUD, OPDR, July 2008
  • Objective: Test survey instrument designed to obtain data on local land-use regulation
  • Survey could be used to gather nationwide land use data
a national survey of local land use regulations1
A National Survey of Local Land-Use Regulations
  • Tested questionnaire in one pretest location and four focus group locations
    • New Brunswick (pretest)
    • Atlanta
    • Boston
    • Twin Cities
    • Portland
a national survey of local land use regulations2
A National Survey of Local Land-Use Regulations
  • Questions
    • Understandable by laypersons
    • Neutral tone
    • Balance between zoning, subdivision, incentives
    • Emphasis on development rather than redevelopment
    • Probing, but not difficult to complete
a national survey of local land use regulations3
A National Survey of Local Land-Use Regulations
  • Hypothetical development examples
    • Whether certain types of development would be permitted locally
    • Two densities of s.f., and three densities of m.f.
    • Concrete examples of what land-use controls apply to given situations
methods to expedite processing of permits plans and permits
Methods to Expedite Processing of Permits, Plans and Permits
  • Prepared by Stuart Meck with David Hattis
  • Conducted for Hillsborough County, Florida (2008)
  • Project manager: Sam Casella, FAICP/PP, Clearwater, FL
  • Objective: Identify the potential for regulatory streamlining
  • Part of a series of studies involving all aspects of land use planning and regulatory documents
methods to expedite processing of permits plans and permits1
Methods to Expedite Processing of Permits, Plans and Permits
  • Examined
    • Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan
    • Land Development Regulations
    • Development Review Procedures Manual
    • Construction Code
    • Consolidated Impact Assessment Ordinance
  • Interviews—Nonprofits, County staff, builders
  • 15 specific recommendations
methods to expedite processing of permits plans and permits2
Methods to Expedite Processing of Permits, Plans and Permits
  • Establish single formal policy for affordable housing (AH) developments
  • Revise methodology for projecting AH and establish production goals
  • Commission preapproved building plans for entry-level or infill housing
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Methods to Expedite Processing of Permits, Plans and Permits
  • Initiate advanced zoning of areas for AH
  • Waive performance bond requirements for AH
  • Establish standard covenants and deed restrictions
  • Permit AH as of right on nonconforming lots
  • Establish separate track for construction code enforcement for AH projects with cross-trained inspectors
  • Establish LDC drafting unit for code amendments