The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley has published the California Land Use Data Set, a comprehensive survey which looks at policies that affect the production, location, and preservation of housing in the state at the jurisdiction-level. Based on data collected from August 2017 to October 2018, the survey, completed in partnership with the California Department of Housing and Community Development and co-authored by Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning Carolina Reid and postdoctoral scholar Sarah Mawhorter, considers the effects of local land use policy on the supply of housing in a region, as well as its effects on sustainability, economic mobility, and access to neighborhoods and opportunity.
The data set includes survey responses from 252 cities and 19 unincorporated county areas, and touches on issues from how land is zoned for different uses to the process a project goes through to get approved to policies aimed at producing affordable housing. It will help citizens and policy makers alike understand how cities in California are approaching the use of their land, and with what effect on the quantity, accessibility, and affordability of their housing.
Along with the data set, the Terner Center has also published a comprehensive report, which provides an overview of the responses to the survey, structured around issues such as zoning, land use approval process, affordable housing policies, and rental regulations.
The Terner Center has also partnered with the Center for California Real Estate to present a working paper series, authored by leading academics and researchers from across the country. Utilizing the database, reasearchers will demonstrate the effect of land use policies on a wide range of issues, from environmental outcomes to regional productivity to patterns of residential segregation. The first paper is expected to be published later this month.
For more information, visit the Terner Center website, here.