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Regulations with positive unintended consequences


Unfrozen Caveman Planner
Staff member
We always talk about or warn people about the negative unintended consequences of a given regulation or set of regulations, but what about positive unintended consequences?

Provide examples to the throbbing brian of the times you discovered or 'created' a regulation, set of regulations or procedures that generated positive unintended consequences that delighted you and/or everyone.

My example:
We recently expanded our downtown parking district which exempts properties within the district from the min. parking requirements. The code section enabling the district was written in a manner that expansion of the district only required ordinance approval by City Council and wasn't technically an amendment of the zoning code.

This made the expansion of the parking exemption much easier.
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