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Is Inclusionary Zoning Illegal?

US Supreme Court to Decide the Fate of Urban Planners’ Favorite Tool

Urban planners regularly refer to themselves with workmen-like terms. They seek to “build” communities, and to “make” places. They refer to their arsenal of regulatory mechanisms and rules as a “toolbox” and each rule is a “tool.” And now one of these regulatory tools, the blunt hammer known as “inclusionary zoning,” is being challenged at the Supreme Court.+

Last week, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) announced that it would appeal a California Supreme Court ruling in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, which found San Jose’s inclusionary-housing role legal. The PLF press release succinctly explains the regulation:

“San Jose’s ordinance requires developers of 20 homes or more to dedicate 15 percent for city-designated buyers at below-market prices. Alternatively, a builder must pay a fee, estimated by the city itself as [US]$122,000 for each unit that would otherwise have to be dedicated for the inclusionary-housing program.”

They argue that this rule is an unconstitutional taking of private property to pay for a public affordable-housing program which should be funded through tax dollars, rather than exactions from developers. PLF has famously fought and won other cases in this vein, Nollan v. California Coastal Commission and Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. But while Nollan and Koontz were important, these cases have to do with regulations that have far less economic impact than inclusionary-zoning rules.

Read the full article at the PanAm Post.

Advocate Nick Published in The PanAm Post on Immigration and Economic Growth

Advocate Nick Zaiac was published in The PanAmerican Post on how increased immigration leads to increased economic growth.

How can we increase economic growth? This continues to be one of the most enduring questions of public policy. To that end, Cato Institute Vice President for Research Brink Lindsey recently asked 51 scholars from across the political spectrum: “If you could wave a magic wand and make one or two policy or institutional changes to brighten the US economy’s long-term growth prospects, what would you change and why?”

You can read the entire piece here.

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Advocate Nick Published in The PanAm Post on Drug Legalization Ballot Initiatives

Advocate Nick Zaiac was published in The PanAmerican Post about drug legalization ballot initiatives up for vote this election.

“It’s all downhill from here, but it’s not going to be easy.” This phrase has echoed through activist communities seeking to end the drug war in the United States since election day in 2012. On that day, voters passed two ballot measures that legalized the production, sale, and consumption of cannabis in two states: Washington and Colorado.

This year, four notable measures sit on the ballot: full legalization in Alaska and Oregon, a kind of partial legalization in Washington, DC, and medical marijuana up for a vote in Florida. These second-wave initiatives are seen as the next step in bringing cannabis prohibition to an end.

You can read the entire piece here.

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