Zoning regulations for land use policy

Program basics

  • Local regulatory action shaping development, design, and built environment of communities and municipalities
  • Often intended to increase physical activity and active transportation and reduce vehicle miles traveled
  • Improvements decrease stress for residents and improve sense of community
  • Efforts are often designed to enhance economic vitality and growth

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)


Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Target population


Program cost

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Implementation locations

Dates active

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Outcomes and impact

  • Influences physical activity and active transportation habits
  • Boosts bicycle and walking trips
  • Increases public transit use

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review

Land use reform: Minneapolis, MN

Land use reform: Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis 2040 Plan: Reimagining city zoning to expand housing options, affordability, and equity

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