The Role of Race in Zoning A History & Policy Review

Testimony

The Role of Race in Zoning A History & Policy Review

September 16, 2021

Abstract

Yonah Freemark, a Senior Research Associate, presented before the Commission to Increasing Housing Opportunities in Maine. The hearing included a discussion on the historical role of race and racism in zoning policies and the best measures to ensure that state and municipal zoning laws do not serve as barriers to racial equality. In his presentation, Yonah provided background on why was zoning developed, what are the consequences of zoning—especially in terms of racial equity, and how zoning policy can serve as a mechanism for positive change

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