How land use regulations make housing more expensive.
The perceived public policy benefits that are realized from zoning are all derived from the density and not necessarily the minimum lot size. Eliminating minimum lot size would allow clustering by-right, creating a number of positive outcomes.
Make no mistake about it; the 2010 General Assembly session was about the budget. That emphasis was not so absolute as to exclude completely all other issues, however. There were significant debates on things like unemployment insurance, mandated health benefits, capital punishment and land use.
Conducting a land inventory and selling surplus property, rather than raising taxes would allow McDonnell to help fund transportation, make government more efficient and increase transparency. It’s time Virginia join the growing number of states that are implementing this common sense strategy.