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Identifying Bias in Jefferson County's Rezoning Review Criteria

Date: 1/1/2021 - 5/31/2021

Keeping “the Other” Out: Identifying and Eliminating Bias in Jefferson County’s Rezoning Review Criteria

Student Researcher: Isra Fakhruddin

Client: Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Division
 
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An evaluation of Jefferson County’s Rezoning review criteria was requested by the County’s Planning and Zoning staff for unintended racial and socioeconomic biases.  The project consisted of a literature review, a review of best practices in action, an analysis of Rezoning cases, and a review of language usage in zoning policies. A recommendation framework was then developed to suggest changes to the County’s existing development review criteria.