January 19, 2006

Amy Dain (Project Manager, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research) and Jenny Schuetz (Senior Researcher, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston)

The Housing Regulation Database is a joint initiative of the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research and Harvard's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. The searchable database contains a unique, comprehensive set of information on the zoning codes, subdivision requirements, and environmental regulations that as of 2004 governed land use in 187 communities in eastern Massachusetts. Scholars, officials, builders, consultants, experts, activists, and interested citizens can search the database by regulation or locality and can download information in a variety of formats. The site also houses summary reports and analyses of the data.

A research tool on local zoning, wetlands, septic and subdivision regulations in Massachusetts.

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Research Excerpt

Data suggest that regulation, not density, has caused low levels of new construction and high housing prices in Greater Boston.

Amy Dain and Jenny Schuetz, study authors