Reinventing Development Regulations

Jonathan Barnett, Brian W. Blaesser

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Reinventing Development Regulations

Pub Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9781558443723

213 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $35.00

Reinventing Development Regulations

Jonathan Barnett, Brian W. Blaesser

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

In this practical guide, two well-known experts argue that municipal leaders can dramatically improve the quality of life in their communities by adjusting local land use regulations. Barnett, one of the pioneers of the modern practice of city design, and Blaesser, a land use and real estate lawyer, lay out strategies to preserve the natural environment, create desirable civic spaces, conserve historic buildings, reduce housing inequality, ease the pressures of urban sprawl, and deal with floods, erosion, and wildfire. 
“Many writers have identified the deficiencies in traditional zoning and regulatory frameworks in the United States, but Jonathan Barnett and Brian Blaesser offer solutions that tweak and bend existing practices—let’s call it ‘context-sensitive policy’—to achieve better outcomes. The authors demonstrate that incorporating environmental considerations, changing scales of reference, and challenging planning dogma may be all we need to start building better communities.”
“Rarely has such a comprehensive and readable book been written about how re-regulate development in the United States. Technically and legally rigorous, this book examines how we invest society’s wealth in where we live, work, and build.”
“The authors offer an holistic view of development regulations that moves beyond the typical site-specific application to a broader context that incorporates the natural and historical environments, climate change, and other influences currently given little or no attention.”

About the Author

Jonathan Barnett served as director of the graduate urban design program at the University of Pennsylvania and at the City College of New York. 

Brian W. Blaesser is a partner in the law firm Robinson & Cole LLP, and heads its Land Use and Real Estate Development Group.