ICMA Survey Research: Residential Land Use Regulation Survey

Summary of the results from the survey conducted in partnership with the Wharton School.

May 3, 2019

ICMA and the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, partnered on a survey to characterize and compare local governments’ residential land use regulations, practices, and procedures.

The survey, which opened in December 2017 and closed January 2018, was distributed to chief administrative officers (that are in ICMA’s database ) in U.S. local governments with a population of 2,500 or more. It was completed by 3,346 local governments, yielding a response rate of 24.2% with a 1.5% margin of error.

This survey follows an initial report created by the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, which involved a nationwide survey of residential land use regulation in over 2,600 communities across the U.S.

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