Housing for Diversity: Ending Segregation Through Zoning
In 1974, the Supreme Court declared it constitutional for a
locality to limit zoning districts to detached homes occupied by traditional,
blood-related families. Now, nearly 50 years later, the viability and
fairness of that ruling is debatable as the effects of race-, ethnic-, and
income-segregated housing are laid bare in recent national events. Traditional
forms of housing are becoming increasingly unaffordable for many people— Increasing
numbers of people choose nontraditional living arrangements and sharing economy
platforms such as AirBnB offer seemingly unlimited opportunities for communal
This panel of legal and policy experts will address the ways in which local governments can and should be modernizing zoning regulations, with an eye toward achieving greater access to and fairness and inclusion in housing. In addition to developing policy solutions, speakers will offer specific recommendations for code drafting and other regulatory programs.
- Identify ways to approach nontraditional family arrangements and housing diversity to achieve greater housing attainability and end historical patterns of segregation.
- Develop familiarity with drafting choices in preparing and implementing zoning codes that are inclusionary to all groups and household types.
- Gain a working understanding of federal and state laws pertaining to fair housing and the regulation of nontraditional living arrangements.