The Rising Leader’s Network hosted its first Summer Series of the year on the National Zoning Atlas project. Panelists included Aline Fader, Zoning Project Coordinator at the National Zoning Atlas, Cornell University, Max Latona, Professor & Executive Director of the Center for Ethics in Society at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, Melissa Kaplan-Macey, VP State Programs & Connecticut Director at the Regional Plan Association and Pete Harrison, Director at Desegregate Connecticut. 

Panelists described the process of putting together a zoning atlas and shared a sneak peek of the New York Atlas – which is currently on hold due to funding constraints and the Long Island Atlas – which is anticipated to be completed this fall. Practitioners from New Hampshire and Connecticut highlighted key findings and discussed how the data was received by stakeholders.    

The National Zoning Atlas is a collaborative of researchers digitizing, demystifying, & democratizing ~30,000 U.S. zoning codes. It is housed at the Cornell University Legal Constructs Lab, led by Professor Sara Bronin, and has team members working on regional and statewide atlases around the country. The New York statewide atlas, initiated in 2022, is being built out using this methodology. The current institutional team members include Cornell University, the Regional Plan Association, the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, the New York State Department of Homes and Community Renewal, Fordham University School of Law, and the University of Buffalo. 

You can watch the webinar below or here.