Anika Singh Lemar Examines Equitable Approaches to Public Participation in Zoning

Anika Singh Lemar (’05), Yale Law School Clinical Professor of Law and Nonresident Senior Fellow - Brookings Metro, authored an article for the Brookings Institution proposing streamlining the public hearings process in addressing the housing affordability crisis (“The Public Hearing Process for New Housing Is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It.” May 4). “Because so much potential housing development is subject to discretion and uncertainty through public hearings, that process can stifle housing production and contribute to an ongoing housing affordability crisis. . . . Giving angry neighbors an opportunity to kill a project that is consistent with state and local law prevents the zoning system from functioning properly. Fixing broken public participation processes is a small but essential piece of fixing our broken zoning laws.”