Emma Sargent


The city of Boulder and the Colorado state legislature are both examining potential housing policies to address the growing housing affordability crisis, which reflect similar discussions in other cities and states. Zoning reform must be a central aspect of these housing policy reforms because of its impact on affordability, environmental sustainability, racial desegregation, and the economic stability of cities and states. However, passing zoning reform measures is complicated by local political opposition and the potential for unintended consequences. The best approach to pass zoning reform while ensuring that cities and states truly address housing affordability is to craft zoning reform policy that will mitigate potential negative impacts, and to pass this reform in conjunction with other housing policies. This Comment will examine why zoning reform is necessary and identify combinations of housing policies that cities and states can enact to meet their housing goals, with a focus on zoning reform possibilities in Boulder, Colorado that other cities can emulate.