Ariz. Gov signs bills to override local zoning, boost housing development

Colorado and Hawaii have also enacted multiple preemption laws.
In this Aug. 12, 2021, file photo with the downtown skyline in the background, a roofer works on a new home being built in a new housing development as expansive urban sprawl continues in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) signed two bills Tuesday that override local zoning rules to encourage more housing development, making it the latest state to embrace zoning changes as a way to increase home building and drive down rents and home prices.

One bill requires cities with more than 75,000 residents to allow duplexes, townhomes and other so-called middle housing options near downtowns and within certain new developments. The second requires those same cities to allow up to three accessory dwelling units on single-family lots.

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