Conditional use regulations on multi-amily housing and patterns of segregation in Auburn, AL
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently passed a new rule that requires entities that receive federal funding from HUD to take steps to “affirmatively further” fair housing. HUD’s new rule includes an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). One of the requirements in the AFH is to examine segregation and integration in the city and to determine if zoning and land use laws have contributed to patterns of segregation. This paper looks specifically at the city of Auburn, AL and its zoning and conditional use regulations on multi-family housing. It examines patterns of racial segregation and ways in which zoning and land use laws, specifically conditional use regulations on multi-family housing, have perpetuated segregation in the city.