Zoning Regulations: Instructions Not Included

Have you ever bought furniture from IKEA? It’s actually furniture in a box. They sell wood pieces and connectors neatly packed in a box or two, and you put everything together. When you open the box, the first thing you look for is the instruction […]

Nick’s Nightmare – Lessons Learned

In many respects, Nick is like most people who buy property. He searched high and low to find a house that he and his family liked, asked questions, negotiated a sales price, and moved in.
Sometime later, he realized that his family needed more storage space. […]

Slim Down Your Zoning in the New Year

Let’s use 2016 to start deconstructing zoning and establishing a land use regulatory scheme that promotes re-population.  For too long we have focused our efforts on buildings and spaces to achieve “placemaking.”  You know the old adage “if you build it they will come.”  Rich […]

Zoning Regulations can be Reevaluated to Solve the Housing Crisis

Seattle, Washington is just one of the major metropolitan areas experiencing a housing crisis. The low inventory and lack of housing options has driven up costs for both home owners and renters, pricing many residents out of the market. “Tight rental markets make it difficult […]

Zoning Turns 100 – It’s Time We Fixed the Technology Gap

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of New York City adopting its zoning code; a first in the nation. The 1916 Zoning Resolution was passed in response to the 42-story Equitable Building in Lower Manhattan, which swallowed up every available inch on the lot and towered […]

New Feature: Tool for Development-related Agreements

You know how it feels when you have something important to do, but can’t exactly recall what it is. Or even worse, when you get that terrible sinking feeling upon remembering, because you dropped the ball – and it broke. No, we’re not talking about […]