All land use restriction is local (with apologies to Tip O'Neill)
Reader comment on: Housing Cost and Regulation
Submitted by Andrew Terhune (United States), Nov 1, 2017 18:18
The biggest cost driver in housing isn't building code mandates - although they do contribute to high costs. It is restrictive land use regulation aka zoning and over improvement mandated by subdivision ordinances. In most states, these matters are handled at the municipal level. There is virtually nowhere in the USA today where you could build a large community with the density of say New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, or Boston, or even parts of LA because the zoning and subdivision ordinances simply don't allow for it.
Having spent nearly 3 decades in the housing industry, I've found that everyone is in favor of denser development...in the town next door. Never in their own town.
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