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More Than 100 Years After its Creation, Officials Seem to Finally Realize That Overly Restrictive Zoning is Problematic

Late last month a Tennessee state commission found zoning, particularly single-family zoning, was one of the driving factors behind the state’s affordable housing crisis. The findings mirror a growing trend across the country: officials have finally realized that overly restrictive zoning is problematic.   For more than 100 years municipalities have enacted increasingly strict and arbitrary rules to control where homes are built. Zoning was supposedly meant to help protect residents by restricting what could be built next to them, particularly in residential areas. But as…

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