IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Zoning in on Minimum Lot Sizes


  • Steven P. Lanza


Communities in Connecticut and around the nation have long used zoning controls, such as minimum lot sizes, to regulate the pace, mix and location of development. Advocates argue that by promoting the rational, orderly development of real property zoning serves as an important tool in a region’s development toolbox, improving area amenities, reconciling conflicts over competing uses, and boosting home values. Critics counter that such regulations impede the operation of free markets, distort prices and limit the availability of affordable housing. Empirical analysis can help sort through these competing claims and shed light not only on the effects of zoning controls, but also on the possible motives behind them. Evidence from Connecticut suggests that towns zone largely to ease the fiscal burden of development. The consequence, however, seems to be to lower single family home prices and restrict the supply of multi-family units.

Suggested Citation

  • Steven P. Lanza, 2010. "Zoning in on Minimum Lot Sizes," The Connecticut Economy, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, issue Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:ctecon:10-spr-01

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:uct:ctecon:10-spr-01. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Steven Lanza). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.