Fordhan Urban Law Journal
Property values, Lower-income households, Affordable housing
The term “exclusionary zoning” typically describes a particular phenomenon: suburban large-lot zoning that reduces the supply of developable land and drives up housing prices. But exclusionary zoning in its modern form also occurs both within the urban core and region-wide. Exclusionary zoning at the sub-local and regional scales results in property values that fully capitalize the benefits of living in higher-wage regions, and the value of local public goods (like high-quality schools). Lower-income households then cannot meaningfully access those advantages, even if every municipality accommodates its fair share of regional need. The long-standing focus of exclusionary zoning on the content of local ordinances, instead of on these broader exclusionary dynamics, has defined the problem of exclusionary zoning too narrowly. We remedy that deficiency in our contribution to the Fordham Urban Law Journal’s Fortieth Anniversary issue.
Christopher Serkin and Leslie Wellington,
Putting Exclusionary Zoning in Its Place: Affordable Housing and Geographical Scale, 40 Fordhan Urban Law Journal. 1667
Available at: https://scholarship.law.vanderbilt.edu/faculty-publications/423