Is the Wheel Unbalanced?: A Study of Bias on Zoning Boards

Urban Lawyer, Vol. 36, p. 447, 2004

28 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007

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Jerry L. Anderson

Drake University Law School

Erin Sass

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This article describes an empirical study of the occupational composition of zoning boards in Iowa. The study finds that both zoning adjustment boards and planning commissions are heavily weighted toward white-collar professionals; labor and agricultural interests are significantly under-represented. Moreover, the study finds that boards are heavily populated with those who stand to gain from property development. The study recommends that legal restrictions on board appointments be tightened to ensure a better cross-section of the community is represented.

Keywords: zoning, bias, land use, planning

JEL Classification: K11, K10

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Jerry L. and Sass, Erin, Is the Wheel Unbalanced?: A Study of Bias on Zoning Boards. Urban Lawyer, Vol. 36, p. 447, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977564

Jerry L. Anderson (Contact Author)

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Erin Sass

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