A new Reason Foundation policy brief finds that Houston’s housing market adapts to changing economic conditions better than the housing markets in other major cities, in part because it is the only major U.S. city without zoning regulations. The brief says this allows the region to maximize flexibility and accommodate housing diversity.
The report says the region’s lack of zoning policies and wide range of land use options helped it when the housing bubble began to burst. For example, between 2005 and 2007, the number of average monthly residential permits issued in Houston fell by 17.7 percent, which was less than half of the decline seen in Dallas-Fort Worth (44 percent) and San Antonio (35.9 percent).
February 27, 2009