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Congressional Proposal Ties Funding to Zoning

reason| CHRISTIAN BRITSCHGI | 9.16.2019 11:30 AM

A new bill would tie federal transit dollars to looser local zoning rules. The Build More Housing Near Transit Act, introduced last week by Rep. Scott Peters (D–Calif.), would expand the rating criteria the U.S. Department of Transportation uses to evaluate grant applications for its New Starts program, which funds large transit projects. The idea is to encourage localities to adopt looser rules on development near transit, thereby reducing housing costs.

"We have a housing crisis in San Diego and the federal government has done little to address the magnitude of the problem," Peters said in a statement. His bill, he argued, "will maximize federal investment in transit and increase housing options for families across the country." here to read more.

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