AARP Announces Resources and Examples to Help Age-Friendly Communities Tackle Local Zoning Issues

Jun 14, 2023

The AARP Livable Communities team focused their recent newsletter around zoning issues and how age-friendly communities can advocate change on a local level that help promote inclusive environments for all ages.

Among those resources are:

Examples from across the country that show how zoning “code audits” can unlock policy changes that lead to improvements in community design and physical environment.

While planners, architects and developers know what certain terms mean and why they matter, the same isn’t true for everyone who will be involved in the work of incremental code reform. This is a quick glossary of words and phrases used in the planning community.

For those who might need it, a vocabulary list from Enabling Better Places: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods, a free photo- and information-filled publication by AARP and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Enabling Better Places: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods provides options for communities to consider as they identify and select small-scale, incremental policy changes that can be made without overhauling entire zoning codes and land use policies.