Urban Land‐Use Regulation: Are Homevoters Overtaking the Growth Machine?

39 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2014

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Vicki Been

New York University School of Law

Josiah Madar

Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Simon Thomas McDonnell

NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

The leading theory about urban land‐use regulation argues that city zoning officials are full partners in the business and real estate elite's “growth machine.” Suburban land‐use officials, in contrast, are thought to cater to the interests of the majority of their electorate - “homevoters.” A unique database regarding over 200,000 lots that the New York City Planning Commission considered for rezoning between 2002 and 2009 allows us to test various hypotheses suggested by these competing theories of land‐use regulation. Our analysis reveals that homevoters are more powerful in urban politics than scholars, policymakers, and judges have assumed.

Suggested Citation

Been, Vicki and Madar, Josiah and McDonnell, Simon Thomas, Urban Land‐Use Regulation: Are Homevoters Overtaking the Growth Machine? (June 2014). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 11, Issue 2, pp. 227-265, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424061 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jels.12040

Vicki Been (Contact Author)

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Josiah Madar

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Simon Thomas McDonnell

NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy ( email )

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