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  •  Feds can't nullify all local zoning laws ... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... they are a state authority. Its awfully hard to make the argument to use interstate commerce authority for mandating real estate zoning.

    A state can put whatever restrictions they wish on zoning laws, of course. A state could insist, for example, that no zoning can require parking more than one car for each five residents of a building. A state could forbid side set-asides wider than required by a lane and front set-asides wider than required by a wide sidewalk.

    Lots of things along those lines could be done be a state that wanted to have low unemployment by allowing the development of the type of communities that are in under-supply in the marketplace.

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    by BruceMcF on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:57:45 PM PDT

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    •  Blue-sky dreaming. Or not. Probably. (1+ / 0-)
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      I suppose if the feds enacted the payroll tax I mentioned, and if it were high enough, the zoning laws would fall by popular demand.

      But I suppose it'll be a cold day in hell before we see a tax enacted by popular demand.

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      by HeyMikey on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:17:33 PM PDT

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    •  As long as we are talking about a crisis (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't see why a constitutional amendment. (giving the federal government greater control over local land use) couldn't be part of the solution.

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      by Sacramento Dem on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 10:05:31 PM PDT

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      •  Zoning doesn't have much ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... impact over a few year period.

        Its not as if the current zoning regimes required federal action to put them into place. They were just part of an establishment status quo that helped ensure income to a particular set of people who could set themselves up as property developers.

        So, over a longer period, those who want to do it are likely to push it through at the state level, and then the fact that it works better could well  push it through faster than trying to win a Federal amendment.

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        by BruceMcF on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 11:12:20 PM PDT

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      •  Though it could easily qualify as a ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... "Plan C Regret" the longer we use zoning laws to extract a tithe as a share of all new development as a direct subsidy in kind to the automobile.

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        by BruceMcF on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 11:39:25 PM PDT

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