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Getting Serious About Housing Supply: Addressing Restrictive Land Use and Zoning Policies

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Join BPC’s J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy for the second event in our series, “Getting Serious About Housing Supply.” Restrictive zoning and land use policies contribute not just to higher housing costs—they limit economic mobility, curb productivity, and lock in segregation and poverty. Although influencing local land ordinances and regulations is challenging as a matter of federal policy, many federal initiatives to eliminate local barriers to housing development have been put in motion by Democrats and Republicans alike. This event will work to pinpoint what it will take to meaningfully address land use and zoning policies that drive up production costs and limit housing supply.

Featured Participants

Opening Remarks by: 

Dennis Shea
Executive Director, Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy, BPC

Panel discussion with:

Sara Bronin
Professor, Cornell University, and Founder, DesegregateCT

Sonia Hirt
Dean and Hughes Professor in Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Georgia, College of Environment + Design

Michael Kingsella
CEO, Up For Growth

Alex Salazar
Principal, Salazar Architects

Moderated by:

Alyia Gaskins
Senior Program Officer, Melville Charitable Trust

Upcoming Events in the “Getting Serious About Housing Supply” Series:

Getting Serious About Housing Supply: Aligning Housing Subsidies

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 1-2 pm ET

Event Description: To make a housing development pencil out financially, developers rely upon a complex mix of loans, tax credits, grants, and other financing mechanisms. The fragmentation and complexity of various subsidies and financing options can add unnecessary costs and inefficiencies to the development process, adding to the overall costs of construction. This event, the third of our “Getting Serious About Housing Supply Series,” will explore how to streamline and improve incentives to build more homes, from multifamily rental housing affordable for low-income households to entry-level homes for purchase.

Getting Serious About Housing Supply: Supporting Construction Innovations to Drive Down Costs

March 24, 2022 | 1-2 pm ET

Event Description: Costs layer on top of one another throughout housing development—from planning to construction to inspection—to push up the overall price tag of new homes. Yet innovations—such as modular and off-site construction, the use of novel building materials like mass timber and SIPS panels, and 3D printing—could help unlock housing production at all levels of affordability and at scale. This webinar will examine innovative materials and building processes that offer lower cost and high-quality building options and discuss roadblocks to broader implementation.

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.

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