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"What is Zoning?" Toolkit

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"Plan in a Box" tools for community led planning and learning exercises to expand civic engagement


The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) created toolkits to help community advocates teach the basics on zoning and affordable housing.  These are public engagement multipliers that spread baseline education beyond traditional local government-led sessions.


This workshop toolkit includes a set of activities that teach concepts of density, bulk, Floor Area Ratio, land use, and how proposed land use decisions can affect neighborhoods.

Inside the actual toolbox are infrastructure tiles, a two-sided gameboard, and hundreds of colorful plastic blocks that stack up to break down the basics of zoning. Guidebooks use simple diagrams to explain how zoning works, and provide step-by-step instructions on how to lead your own workshops. The toolkit’s modules can be used to configure a workshop focused on your group’s specific organizing goals.

Toolkits are available at the subsidized price of $100 for community-based groups.  CUP also has consultants on hand to conduct workshops.  Refills and extra supplies are also available.


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Project Location :

Brooklyn NY

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CUP, Jeff Lai, Andrew Sloat, and a toolkit advisory board

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