Yes in My Backyard: How States and Cities Can Find Common Ground in Expanding Housing Choice and Opportunity
Yes in My Backyard: How States and Cities Can Find Common Ground in Expanding Housing Choice and Opportunity

Yes in My Backyard: How States and Cities Can Find Common Ground in Expanding Housing Choice and Opportunity


32 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: January 2018

ISBN 9780874204070

Price: $12.95


This report suggests five ways that states can help cities and counties promote the development of sufficient housing supply and overcome NIMBY issues. Coverage includes assessing future housing needs and the impact on economic growth, providing zoning incentives, reducing regulatory requirements, enabling communities to overcome unreasonable opposition to development, and encouraging the investment of resources.

Author Biography

Rosemarie Hepner serves as Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Ms. Hepner joins ULI with significant experience in low-income housing research and data analysis. Before joining ULI in 2017, she worked for two international development nonprofits, most recently as the International Capital Markets Specialist at Habitat for Humanity International. In that role, Ms. Hepner supported the operations for the MicroBuild Fund (Habitat's housing microfinance fund), and managed the State of Housing Microfinance survey reports. Ms. Hepner holds a Master's in City and Regional Planning from The Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning, where her research focused on low-income housing practices and design. Her thesis examined housing reconstruction in informal settlements post-disaster. Ms. Hepner also holds a B.A. from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D. is president of Lisa Sturtevant & Associates and former vice president for research at the National Housing Conference. She joined the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing as a senior visiting fellow on July 1, 2016. Stockton Williams is Executive Vice President for Content and Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Mr. Williams leads the strategic direction of the Center and the design and implementation of its initiatives, which span a broad range of housing issues, including affordable/workforce, senior, and market-rate housing. He is most recently the author of the ULI publication Preserving Multifamily Workforce and Affordable Housing: New Approaches for Investing in a Vital National Asset and co-author of The Economics of Inclusionary Development. Mr. Williams has more than 20 years' experience in housing and economic policy, research, advocacy, and development and has held senior leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Before joining ULI in January 2015, he was Managing Principal of the Washington, D.C., office of HR&A Advisors, which advises cities across the U.S. on complex real estate and economic development projects. Prior to joining HR&A, Mr. Williams served as Senior Advisor in two Federal Cabinet agencies: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. He has also been Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Enterprise Community Partners; a Senior Advisor at Living Cities; a Senior Legislative and Policy Associate at the National Council of State Housing Agencies; and a developer of affordable housing. He is Chairman of the Board of Groundswell, an innovator in harnessing community economic power for the common good. He holds an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Princeton University.