Lessons Learned in Implementing Zoning Code Reforms

Pedestrian-friendly zoning encourages and supports walkability through a variety of community-tailored approaches. Improvements to support walkability include large scale projects, such as the creation of mixed-use development, public plazas, and open-spaces in downtown centers, or more incremental approaches, including bike lanes, wider sidewalks, or the addition of street furniture and increased lighting. 

Research Brief

This research brief summarizes findings from a qualitative exploratory study examining the implementation of pedestrian-oriented zoning in 15 jurisdictions across the U.S.  Profiles were developed for 13 out of the 15 communities and are presented below.

Jurisdiction Profiles

Each jurisdiction profile below summarizes lessons learned and experiences implementing pedestrian-oriented zoning provisions in the jurisdiction.

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The Lessons Learned in Implementation of Pedestrian-Oriented Zoning Provisions research brief and associated profiles are products of the Physical Activity Policy Research Network Collaborating Center  led by Dr. Jamie Chriqui and funded as a competitive supplement grant (SIP14-025) by the CDC to the Illinois PRC. The findings and conclusions in these works are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC.