Iv zoning as a barrier to multifamily housing development o indicators of zoning and housing trends are often best expressed as ra tios o high density residential development is not always affordable and low density development is not always costly o ample high density and multifamily zoning is neither necessary nor. The result is documentary evidence that exclusionary zoning is a significant barrier to higher density multifamily housing which is often but not always more affordable than single family housing. Zoning as a barrier to multifamily housing development examines the relationships between zoning and housing in six metropolitan areas the commissioner zoning in on housing diversity when used correctly zoning can be a force for good planners are using a variety of zoning techniques to promote equality and diversity of housing types . Hud initially focused on this issue limiting multifamily housing through exclusionary zoning because it is one of the most common and most pervasive barriers to affordable housing in america the kemp commission identified exclusionary zoning practices as a key regulatory barrier in 1991. Multifamily housing home for all one common barrier to building multifamily housing is a shortage of land zoned for multifamily residential uses in jurisdictions that do not have sufficient multifamily zoned land a housing overlay zone can be used on
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