Do Minimum-Lot-Size Regulations Limit Housing Supply in Texas?
With a relatively light regulatory hand on land use, the Texas suburbs are more responsive to market forces than most metro areas. Even so, some of their single-family lots are larger than they would be in the absence of minimum-lot-size regulations. As a result, these automobile-oriented suburbs are less dense and more expensive than home buyers really want. Cities in Texas and elsewhere should reduce or eliminate their minimum lot sizes to allow builders and home buyers more choice.