The City has struggled to ensure that its housing policy is aligned with its regulations. Moreover, there are a number of regulations which are out of alignment with the housing policy outlined in this Report. For example, the zoning code creates a number of “nonconforming” use issues that make it difficult for residents who are trying to increase the productivity and value of their property. Such obstacles to improvement are counterproductive: the disparity between the existing conditions and housing needs and the current zoning adds cost and delays, hampering neighborhood improvement. At the same time, Stakeholders have reported that the development application review and approval process in the city is rather complex and tedious. The City must simplify the review and approval process (i.e. “reduce red tape”) to make it more efficient, effective, predictable, and transparent with fewer restrictions. These efforts are closely related to the City’s Land Use Regulation Initiatives
, and the City must work to coordinate these efforts.