Thursday, December 1, 2011
Matt Yglesias makes a fine point about Houston:
Whenever I talk about anti-density land use restrictions, someone inevitably brings up Houston, where people have heard there are no zoning rules. If overregulation causes low density, people ask, then how come Houston is so sprawling? There are a number of reasons this line of questioning is a mistake, but the most fundamental one is that people misunderstand what "no zoning" means in the Houston context. . . . In fact, the city features extensive regulation of minimum lot size and maximum parking requirements just like every other major American city.
Property Profs might also find this recent article from the Houston Chronicle of interest. It outlines some recent changes to Houston's scheme of land use regulation.