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Does zoning have a bearing on poverty rate?

11/11/2015 | Real Estate Blog

As any developer likely knows, when it comes to building projects, zoning can be a help or a hindrance to the process. Zoning rules not only designate how land can be used, but provide guidelines regarding the designation of structures and buildings as well. These rules are made at the local level by zoning commissions appointed by local politicians and can impact not only the businesses that exist in a specific area, but also the demographic of those who reside there.

The residential make up of a community could be influenced by thins such as:

  • The schools available
  • Job opportunities
  • Housing prices

Some believe the way in which land is zoned in communities throughout the nation, such as Philadelphia, can have an impact on reducing the number of people living poverty. Specifically, they assert zoning rules that are exclusionary could lead to pockets of high poverty.

The thought behind the idea is that stable, affordable, safe and secure housing in places other than high poverty areas can help reduce the inequalities that exist in society. For this to work however, zoning laws must permit the construction of this type of housing. Since zoning commissions that make these rules are appointed by local politicians, the selection of politicians at the local level is important.

When it comes to real estate issues concerning zoning the specifics surrounding each situation are relevant. Depending on the circumstances there may be ways in which it is possible to navigate zoning laws that are in place. An attorney who handles real estate matters can help determine the best approach to take based on your particular situation.