December 15: Zoning Reform for Equity

Zoning Reform for Equity

Wednesday, December 15

10:00am – 12:00pm EST

The past two years have altered our sense of place and our understanding of equity. One place where these two connect is how we regulate the built environment. We now realize that conventional zoning codes often have led to inequitable treatment by race, income, profession, age, or ability. Localities can address these inequities through zoning reform which can lead to a wider range of choices for citizens on where and how they live, work, play, and travel. In this session, participants will explore how, historically, zoning has perpetuated discrimination and how intentional zoning reform can help to mitigate these inequities. Speakers will discuss historical trends, more equitable public engagement strategies, and new regulations–including zoning for mixed-income and missing middle housing, mixed-use and transit-oriented development, Complete Streets, and universal accessibility, that are intended to make the benefits of smart growth development accessible to all.


George Proakis
Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, Somerville, MA
Tracy Hadden Loh
Fellow, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking, Brookings Metro
Marques G. King Managing Principal, Fabric[K] Design