Archive: Nick Zaiac

Nick Zaiac Nick Zaiac is a Catalyst Policy Fellow and a Fellow in Commercial Freedom at the R Street Institute where his portfolio includes housing, postal and transportation issues. He holds a master's degree in economics from George Mason University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Ali.
Upzoning the Ellis Island of the South
NIMBYism can be hard to understand until you see it play out in community meetings and zoning board or utility commission hearings.
Nick Zaiac | June 10, 2019
High Housing Costs Are Not Just Limited to Big Cities
How Decades of Tight Zoning Suffocated Small Town Vermont
Unlike the costs of labor or building materials, land-use regulation costs are created by law and can be lowered by lawmaker action.
Nick Zaiac | May 17, 2019
Two Paths to Improve How Localities Pay for Services and Amenities
Crowding and straining existing infrastructure are key concerns that proponents of new development must overcome. Some solutions are better than others.
Nick Zaiac | May 1, 2019
Four Ways to Improve Land Use Without Upzoning
Prolonged periods of high rents are a sign that cities haven’t permitted enough potential building space in their most desirable areas.
Nick Zaiac | April 4, 2019
Arizona Considers New Airbnb Regulations
New bill poses threat to Arizona's position as leader in reforming and streamlining regulation.
Nick Zaiac | March 15, 2019
Is “Universal” Zoning Variance an Answer to America’s Housing Shortage?
The policy is a “universal” zoning variance that would waive most land use regulations for projects that fit criteria codified by state or municipal lawmakers.
Nick Zaiac | February 12, 2019
Two Ways Atlanta Can Legalize a Bigger, Better Midtown
Aligning existing zoning with future plans is a political choice for Atlanta policymakers.
Nick Zaiac | January 21, 2019
Alleviating California’s Housing Crisis
Take Two
The political response to California’s worsening housing shortage stands as one of the highest-stakes debates in modern American policymaking.
Nick Zaiac | December 18, 2018
Should Chicago Officials Have the Power to Stop Development Projects?
The power to approve or disapprove of particular projects is a power to determine property rights for landowners.
Nick Zaiac | December 3, 2018
A California Transit Agency Might Help Solve the Housing Crisis
Bill Makes BART City Planner of Last Resort for Station-Adjacent Land
Could new housing be built on land owned by BART?
Nick Zaiac | November 8, 2018