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The “New Urbanist” Rise Creates Conversation Related To Land-Use Policies In Metropolitan Areas

The “New Urbanist” Rise Creates Conversation Related To Land-Use Policies In Metropolitan Areas

As the rise of the new “urbanist” movement comes into play, there are a variety of ever-changing interests that will be at play. These interests will be of importance to both those who develop the land and those that manage the multi-family units in the centers in these metropolitan areas. There are some new trends that are coming with the rise of this new populous. Some of these top concerns include items such as the redistribution of resources and land within the innermost part of the city including the potential consolidation of the local government authorities in the area.

These new trends are dictating how the land in the “inner rings” of these metropolitan areas are handled. Some of the newest trends in inner city thinking include the following:

Thinking Bigger:

The individual apartment buildings or condos in these metropolitan areas go about creating their own rules and regulations. Many times, these rules and regulations directly counter the rules set in place by local government authorities. Conversation as to whose rules take priority over the others and whose rules the residents in that apartment or complex will have to abide by.

Cities throughout the US are determining how to best go about managing these new “urbanist” apartment or condo communities while also ensuring that local governments still have the power they need to regulate the use of the coveted land in these metropolitan areas.

Form As Function:

As more and more big condo or apartment buildings pop up in the inner cities, space is being designated for these “inner rings” as cities are changing rapidly and more people desire property here. Building multi-family or larger community-style buildings house more people and help meet the demand of all the people desiring to live here. However, there is still some value in having the single-family homes that were built in these areas years ago as it helps vary the landscape and keep the area from becoming too overpopulated to function.

Cities and these new municipalities that are being erected here need to determine what the ideal balance is. The ideal balance of multi-family units versus single-family homes will keep the “inner rings” of metropolitan areas desirable places where residents want to live.

Meeting Building Codes:

Many buildings in the inner city are being erected rapidly so that prospective clients can move in. Along with this comes concern that these large buildings meet the building codes within the city. This includes ensuring that the businesses meet structural, electrical and fire safety standards.

Continued Changes Likely Ahead:

As the issue of population control is balanced with the already-existing combination of single and multi-family homes, rules and regulations regarding the land of “inner city” rings is likely to continue. Balancing the rules and regulations of both the municipalities and local governments will continue to be a balancing act. Making the area a desirable place for residents to want to continue to move in the future will also play a role in land use policies in the future.


Neither the local government or the new municipalities buying the land and building new apartments or condos in the city have “exclusive rights” to the land; it’s clear that a balance must be reached. Talks and discussions surrounding how this balanced is reached will be ongoing. It’s the hope that one day this balance will be reached. One thing, however, is for certain and that is that the “new urbanist” movement will affect how the land in metropolitan areas is used.

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