• Sep 23, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Turmoil On The Waterfront

    S tate officials this week dealt a blow to a controversial hotel proposed for Lewis Wharf, signaling that there are limits to how far they will let Boston’s building boom surge up to, and beyond, the edge of the city’s waterfront. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday ruled that developers cannot build out onto wharves, piers, and pilings that sit below water at ...

  • Sep 23, 09:08 AM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Astrodome Parking Plan Could Save Houston's Historic 8th Wonder

    Sept. 23--Next week the Harris County Commissioner's Court will vote on a proposed $105 million parking plan that would transform part of the Astrodome at NRG Park into a parking garage. The plan would raise the floor of the Astrodome two levels to street level and convert those areas into 1,400 parking spaces. This move would be the strongest signal yet that the county plans to maintain and ...

  • Sep 22, 11:41 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only A 'Crown Jewel' of the L.A. River Project Could Cost $252 Million

    Sept. 23--A plan for turning a former rail yard next to the Los Angeles River into park space, wetlands and other amenities could cost more than $252 million, city analysts said in a report Thursday. The City Council voted in May to allocate $40 million for the purchase of the vacant site, which is owned by railroad company Union Pacific and referred to as Parcel G2. But the overall project, ...

  • Sep 23, 06:31 AM | Cihan News Agency

    $13M in stop-gap housing funds coming to East Baton Rouge, Lafayette

    East Baton Rouge and Lafayette parishes have received about $13 million in stop gap federal funding to address housing needs, officials announced Thursday afternoon. Most of the money about $11 million will stay in East Baton Rouge, officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a brief Thursday press conference. The money can be used to repair houses or assist people ...

  • Sep 23, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Tenants take aim at rising rents

    Hundreds of tenants and advocates marched through several Boston neighborhoods Thursday afternoon as part of a nationwide rally calling for regulations to protect low- and middle-income residents from being forced out by rising rents. Across from City Hall, organizers from the Right 2 Remain Coalition delivered a symbolic human rights violation citation and eviction notice to the Greater ...

  • Sep 22, 10:32 PM | Tribune

    SLO developer will preserve Chumash aqueduct after public outcry

    Sept. 22--The developer of the Chinatown construction project in downtown San Luis Obispo has decided not to remove a Mission-era aqueduct built by the Chumash, after a public outcry to preserve the 250-year-old channel. The plan is to showcase the aqueduct's historical significance with some type of interpretive exhibit along a walkway once the mixed-use development is built. "We're going to ...

  • Sep 22, 10:10 PM | CosmeticsDesign.com

    Members Only The new L’Oréal USA headquarters is changing a neighborhood

    In June, the beauty company opened new offices in New York City, just two avenues away from the Hudson River. Now the company has partnered with a local nonprofit to install new lighting in Hudson River Park. Hudson Yards is the name of a neighborhood in the making. It’s short for Hudson Rail Yards the urban redevelopment project going on above the 30 active tracks carrying trains into and out ...

  • Sep 22, 09:20 PM | Daily News

    Bullet train plan in Valley horse country could be derailed by LA City Council

    Sept. 22--The city of Los Angeles may be the latest opponent of a proposed bullet train route through San Fernando Valley horse country. Councilman Paul Krekorian has filed a motion to oppose an above-ground high-speed rail route fought by residents from Lake View Terrace to Shadow Hills who say the train would destroy the environment, horse-related businesses and an equestrian way of life. ...

  • Sep 22, 09:07 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Housing the homeless in an old Dallas jail looks awful -- but it's better than nothing

    Sept. 22--The Dawson State Jail, once a privately run house of horrors where seven inmates died between 2004 and 2013 under the watch of Corrections Corp. of America, looks like it did when it was abandoned by the state of Texas four Augusts ago. The only thing missing is the inmates -- 2,200 when Dawson was at peak capacity, all but a few hundred of whom slept on bunk beds in communal "pods" ...

  • Sep 22, 06:18 PM | Herald-Sun

    City recognized for ending chronic veteran homelessness

    Sept. 22--DURHAM -- Following a two-year City of Durham effort led by Mayor Bill Bell to help disabled veterans who have been homeless for a year or more, the Bull City has been recognized by the federal government for effectively ending chronic homelessness among veterans. Durham's federal recognition acknowledges that all known veterans experiencing chronic homelessness have either been ...

  • Sep 22, 05:12 PM | Kansas City Star

    KC trying again after troubled path to development for 63rd and Prospect

    Sept. 22--Kansas City is trying to move forward with development at 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue, where a previous development plan fell apart as the result of a financial and environmental debacle. The city is issuing a request for proposals for high-quality retail, residential, mixed-use or other positive projects in an area that extends generally from 61st to 63rd streets and from Park ...

  • Sep 22, 02:45 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Feds OK plan to fight housing displacement in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal housing officials approved a preference plan that advocates said Thursday will help low-income minorities stay in increasingly unaffordable San Francisco. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will allow San Francisco to set aside 40 percent of affordable units at a new senior complex for low-income applicants who live in certain districts. The ...

  • Sep 22, 01:30 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Lewis Wharf hotel project rebuffed by state officials

    State officials this week dealt a blow to a controversial hotel proposed for Lewis Wharf, signaling that there are limits to how far they will let Boston’s building boom surge up to, and beyond, the edge of the city’s waterfront. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday ruled that developers cannot build out onto wharves, piers, and pilings that sit below water at ...

  • Sep 22, 12:57 PM | Jerusalem Post

    Saint John urged to devise plan for aging infrastructure

    The chair of Saint John`s municipal finance committee is warning the city needs a plan to deal with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aging infrastructure. Coun. David Merrithew said a substantial portion of the city`s streets, sidewalks, pipes and buildings are in need for repair. "The city of Saint John has $1.5 billion worth of assets of which 39 per cent ... are fully depreciated or ...

  • Sep 22, 12:19 PM | National News Agency

    Atlanta Goes Big On $300 Million Infrastructure Project

    Perhaps the most important things cities can do is invest in infrastructure that enables its economy and residents to develop to their fullest potential. Most people know about the industrial and manufacturing explosion that took place in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, creating new products and offering jobs for millions. Less well known, however, are the ...

  • Sep 22, 11:32 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Planned development among largest in Portland history

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The company redeveloping a former industrial space in Portland wants to turn it into one of the largest mixed-use projects in the city's history. Project developer CPB2, LLC wants to turn the former Portland Company site into nearly 60,000 square feet of retail space, more than 600 residential units and a marina with 220 slips. The developer also wants to build more than ...

  • Sep 22, 10:31 AM | Daily Times-Call

    Dodging possible tie, Boulder County Planning Commission backs higher density for Twin Lakes land

    Sept. 22--The Boulder County Planning Commission voted Wednesday to support a land-use change necessary for the development of a controversial affordable housing project in Gunbarrel's Twin Lakes area. But the 4-3 vote to endorse a medium-density residential land-use designation for 20 acres owned by the Boulder County Housing Authority and the Boulder Valley School District could have ended ...

  • Sep 22, 08:12 AM | TimesLedger Newspapers

    Hevesi plan would combat homeless crisis, save taxpayers millions

    A state lawmaker from Queens has unveiled a new fiscally and socially responsible plan to reverse the growing homeless crisis in the city and the state. State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) rolled out his Home Stability Support plan, which would keep families in their homes and save taxpayers millions of dollars with a statewide rent supplement for individuals and families facing ...

  • Sep 22, 07:13 AM | MinnPost.com

    Members Only Deal expected to end 'crazy' conflict between Hennepin County and Minneapolis park board

    When he first heard about it in December 2015, Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat called it "crazy making between levels of government." "It" was a dedication fee imposed by the City of Minneapolis on behalf of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Funded by money from the developers of new buildings, the fee was meant to fill the need for parks and open space created by new ...

  • Sep 22, 04:14 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Brisbane pushes housing-free development

    The residents of sleepy little Brisbane are extremely excited about developing Baylands, a 684-acre site on the edge of town. In fact, they've been getting a little carried away. When he was running for Brisbane City Council in 2009, Clifford Lentz, who is now mayor, said, "The Baylands project has the potential to change the world. This may sound like an exaggerated statement, but I believe ...

  • Sep 22, 07:10 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Temporary Street Installations: If You Don’t Like That New Intersection, Just Wait a Minute

    Armed with chalk paint, tape, cones, flowers and a piece of artificial turf, town planners recently set out to reconfigure and beautify several streets in downtown Maynard. Within just a few hours, officials from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council put in new bike lanes, extended curbs, and even installed a miniature green space called a parklet. But a few days later, all signs of the ...

  • Sep 22, 05:15 AM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only Growth Can Help City Build Up, Not Out

    Mayor Brian Bowman and city council are serious about the need for smart growth fees to better manage the growth and infrastructure costs associated with a sprawling Winnipeg, which Winnipeg taxpayers can no longer sustain. This is a significant and welcomed turning point for our city.The mayor, along with the Hemson report, acknowledges growth fees can also be used as an effective ...

  • Sep 21, 02:06 PM | Chicago Tribune

    Transit-Oriented Housing in Chicago is Back on Track

    Sept. 21--Real estate developers and urban planners increasingly are casting their glances backward to create communities for tomorrow. Starting in the mid-1800s, when trains became the primary mode of transportation, American cities clustered around railways. Cars didn't exist, so cities were necessarily compact, with all manner of goods and services within walkable distances. After World War ...

  • Sep 21, 12:35 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Ambitious plan would transform 10 acres of Portland waterfront

    Sept. 21--A former railroad foundry on Portland's eastern waterfront would be transformed into a shiny high-end neighborhood with six blocks of housing, shops, restaurants, hotel rooms and marina slips under an ambitious and long-awaited redevelopment plan submitted by local developers. The scale of the development, which features a mix of glass-walled buildings and historic brick structures ...

  • Sep 22, 09:34 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Lake County endorses Gary's efforts to seize vacant property

    CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — The Lake County Board of Commissioners has permitted Gary to go to court to seize vacant lots and abandoned buildings. Gary officials have previously said they want to collect up to 3,500 parcels in the next year and turn them over to MaiaCo LLC, a private redevelopment partner with ties to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who serves as a volunteer adviser to the ...

  • Sep 22, 07:45 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Google plan to pump water from aquifer draws opposition

    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Local officials in South Carolina are worried about a proposal by internet giant Google to draw water from an aquifer to cool a server farm. The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2cNsGwz ) reports Google has applied to draw 1.5 million gallons of water a day from the aquifer to cool its servers in Berkeley County. Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Mark ...

  • Sep 22, 05:16 AM | Messenger-Inquirer

    House Authority, city dedicate first rental home

    Sept. 22--The Housing Authority of Owensboro dedicated the first of three rental homes Wednesday at 2415 W. Seventh St. The 1,224-square-foot home, with three bedrooms and two baths, was a partnership between the city of Owensboro and the Housing Authority as part of an affordable housing project. Shauna Boom, the Housing Authority's executive director, said the city donated the three lots for ...

  • Sep 22, 04:01 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Taxpayer group says Chattanooga doesn't have to keep giving tax breaks for Walnut Commons project

    Sept. 22--A Chattanooga taxpayers group said Wednesday a pair of city panels don't have to OK measures that could permit Walnut Commons apartments to keep its property tax break. Helen Burns Sharp, founder of the Accountability for Taxpayer Money (ATM) watchdog group, said the two panels are not obligated to approve the measures, one of which is expected to come up at a meeting today. "This is ...

  • Sep 22, 04:01 AM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Dramatic plan for Portland's eastern waterfront delights leaders, troubles neighbors

    Sept. 22--While city leaders are celebrating the infusion of commercial buildings and housing units proposed for the city's eastern waterfront, some nearby residents on Munjoy Hill are worried about the project's impact on views of the water and traffic in the hilltop neighborhood. A group of local developers plans to transform the 10-acre industrial parcel at 58 Fore St. into six blocks of ...

  • Sep 22, 01:08 AM | Boston Herald

    Rally today highlights 'renters state of emergency' in Boston

    Sept. 22--Homeowners, renters, homeless people and community development and other groups plan a rolling rally in Boston today to draw attention to a "renters state of emergency" as part of a National Renters Day of Action in 46 U.S. cities. They'll target the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Boston Redevelopment Authority and the new luxury Millennium Tower Boston to highlight Hub residents ...

  • Sep 21, 11:10 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Los Angeles-area surfer gang "fort" set to be demolished

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials have unanimously approved a permit to demolish an illegal beach fort erected decades ago by a local group of territorial Los Angeles-area surfers known as the Lunada Bay Boys. The Los Angeles Times reports the Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission cast the vote Tuesday, after both the California Coastal Commission and City Council approved plans for its removal ...

  • Sep 21, 09:13 PM | Florida Times Union

    Members Only Residents sue over poor living conditions

    A group of public housing residents are suing a city official for not enforcing building-quality standards at federally subsidized apartments, saying the policy has unfairly left low-income tenants to languish in poor living conditions that are illegal under city law. Landlords are required by the city building code to keep rental properties in decent condition, but the city typically doesn't ...

  • Sep 21, 08:55 PM | Olympian

    Consultant will study downtown Olympia parking problems

    Sept. 21--Olympia has hired a consultant to help improve parking in the city's downtown core for residents, visitors and businesses. Berk Consulting was chosen to develop a parking strategy that aligns with the anticipated downtown population growth of 5,000 people in the next 20 years. The consultant will examine factors such as parking supply, demand-based pricing, hours of enforcement and ...

  • Sep 21, 08:19 PM | Sacramento Bee

    Public transit champion tapped to lead transportation planning in region

    Sept. 21--The Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the region's chief transportation planning agency, has chosen a public transit and smart growth advocate as its new chief executive. James Corless, the founding director of Transportation for America, will join SACOG in April, replacing retiring executive Mike McKeever. Corless' Washington, D.C.-based agency has been pushing for more ...

  • Sep 21, 07:04 PM | Free Lance-Star

    Streetsense outlines Fredericksburg's growth potential

    Sept. 21--What types of development should Fredericksburg officials should consider for two sections of the city? A boutique hotel? Age-restricted housing? Maybe additional multi-use development? The city hired Streetsense, a Washington design and strategy firm, in June to to help staff evaluate land uses and zoning for the first two of the 10 neighborhood planning areas in the city's ...

  • Sep 21, 05:35 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    City is latest entity to consider taking on Kakaako roads

    Sept. 21--Eight privately owned streets in Kakaako that have been a source of community consternation could become city property under a proposal to condemn them following difficulties with a recently passed law that was supposed to give ownership of them to the state. A Honolulu City Council committee held a public hearing Tuesday to discuss a resolution proposed by Councilwoman Carol ...

  • Sep 21, 04:42 PM | Advertiser Times

    Woods, Detroit to host meetings on neighborhood improvements

    HARPER WOODS - Harper Woods and the city of Detroit have planned a series of community meetings for Harper Woods residents and the residents of the Detroit neighborhoods that border Harper Woods. These meetings are being hosted to create a neighborhood improvement plan designed by the residents of both cities. "The meetings are all about getting a composite vision for people's neighborhoods," ...

  • Sep 21, 02:55 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Jackson suburb agrees to stop seeking removal of apartments

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city has agreed to stop trying to zone 2,400 apartments out of existence after federal officials alleged the move was discrimination because it would uproot African American and Hispanic tenants. The city of Ridgeland's settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced Wednesday, could also provide a roadmap to settle 10 other ...

  • Sep 21, 01:17 PM | Record & Clarion

    Difference between a zoning ordinance and a master plan

    LANSING – A zoning ordinance and a master plan are not the same thing. A master plan is not enforceable, and attempting to do so can get a community in trouble. Recently, I was asked to provide education to a community that was trying to turn down a site plan review, because it did not comply with the community's master plan. The community even had a site plan review standard in its zoning ...

  • Sep 21, 12:50 PM | AM New York

    Port Authority bus terminal plans to start over with community input, officials say

    Sept. 20--The Port Authority has reached an agreement with elected officials on a new "comprehensive planning process" to rebuild the agency's aging bus terminal in Manhattan. The new approach to designing and building the terminal will include an analysis of temporary or additional bus facilities in both New York and New Jersey as well as "significant stakeholder input," according to a joint ...

  • Sep 21, 11:44 AM | The Herald-Tribune

    Members Only Land-use rules change for 'corridors' | Six thoroughfares designated for future urban redevelopment

    MANATEE COUNTY MANATEE COUNTY -- Six Bradenton thoroughfares are now designated as "urban corridors," where the Manatee County Commission is willing to consider greater building densities to achieve what it says is much-needed redevelopment. On Monday, after getting clearance from several state agencies that reviewed it, the commission adopted an amendment to the county's comprehensive ...

  • Sep 21, 11:06 AM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Export, municipal authority at loggerheads over whether to replace waterline

    Sept. 21--Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County officials have no plans to replace waterlines in the Fillmore Avenue area of Export in the next five years, leaving borough officials who are seeking to repave the section in a tough spot. Export officials want to use Community Development Block Grant funding to repave Fillmore, Pierce Street and Lee Avenue. The funding runs on an annual ...

  • Sep 21, 10:40 AM | The Georgetown Times

    Georgetown County planners working on rules for helicopter businesses

    Georgetown County planners are working to develop rules for commercial helicopter tour businesses, with noise and safety as their main concerns. The Planning Commission heard a report from Planning Director Boyd Johnson about a proposed ordinance regulating where and how these businesses will be allowed in the county at its Sept. 15 meeting. The issue was deferred until the commission's next ...

  • Sep 21, 10:03 AM | Daily Camera

    Boulder council debates 3 options for updating fees funding affordable housing

    Sept. 21--The Boulder City Council continues to wrestle with the question of how high a fee commercial developers should pay into the city's affordable housing fund. A public hearing on the matter -- and on impact fees in general -- is slated for Nov. 15, but the council was still deep in discussion late Tuesday night. Boulder's current affordable housing linkage fee -- adopted last summer -- ...

  • Sep 21, 09:49 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Willamette Falls project says no to whitewater park

    It’s official: A whitewater park will not be a part of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project in Oregon City. The leaders of the development project — officials from Oregon City, Clackamas County, the state of Oregon and Metro — decided Monday night to not include a proposed whitewater park at the site of its public Riverwalk from downtown Oregon City to the falls. Ultimately, the group turned it ...

  • Sep 21, 08:19 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Ohio asks judge to force Corps to dredge shipping channel

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio officials are again asking a federal judge to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel. The state attorney general filed the latest request in a lawsuit Monday after a federal judge in Cleveland ruled against Ohio in a 2015 lawsuit on technical grounds. The judge said this month that he wouldn't yet force ...

  • Sep 21, 08:18 AM | Saudi Press Agency

    $1 billion federal grant helps fund Mid-Coast Trolley project

    News of a $1 billion federal grant to help build the 11-mile trolley extension from the Old Town Transit Center to the University City community was greeted as a windfall by the San Diego Association of Governments. This is the largest single grant we`ve every gotten for a light-rail project, said Gary Gallegos, executive director of San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the region`s ...

  • Sep 21, 08:04 AM | The Press-Tribune

    Is a Population Crisis Looming for California?

    Californians born between 2005 and 2020 are twice as important as their predecessors. Why? Because there aren't enough of them. In about 20 years, as the older generation steps out of the workforce, there won't be enough young people to replace them. That's the prediction of Dr. Dowell Myers, professor of urban planning and demography at the University of Southern California. It's a priority ...

  • Sep 20, 09:10 PM | Commercial Appeal

    Frayser Gets Grant to Market Affordable Homes

    Sept. 21--An organization that supports the Frayser neighborhood has received a $70,000 grant to tell working families about the affordable houses they could buy there. The Frayser Community Development Corporation will use the Hyde Family Foundations grant to launch an advertising campaign to drive demand for home ownership in Frayser. "It's a marketing campaign for Frayser and Frayser houses ...

  • Sep 20, 06:43 PM | Intelligencer Journal

    Local Clean Water Is A Priority

    There is a unique intersecting interest among members of the agricultural community, municipal officials and real estate developers in Lancaster County. What they all have in common is the focus on clean water - or cleaner water - as a result of our central location in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the associated federal and state cleanup requirements to restore the health of this important ...

  • Sep 21, 09:00 AM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only City OKs analysis of self-driving automobiles

    St. Boniface Coun. Matt Allard is in the driver's seat when it comes to examining the impact of driverless vehicles on civic services. Allard first raised the issue in July. On Tuesday, the administration agreed with the suggestion and proposed, as a starting point, to conduct an extensive analysis of what other municipalities have uncovered. "This is going to be a hugely disruptive ...

  • Sep 21, 01:59 AM | The Brunswick Beacon

    Sunset Beach not likely to ban pine straw

    SUNSET BEACH - It's not likely the town can prohibit use of pine straw in landscaping, but more realistically it can encourage communication and warnings about its potential fire dangers. The informal conclusion was reached following discussion at a Sunset Beach Planning Board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 15. Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said he would love to say it's going to be easy ...

  • Sep 20, 09:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Why Boston can learn from Houston’s nonexistent zoning code

    When developers proposed to turn the old commercial property next to our Brookline house into a large condominium development, they came over to show the plans to me and my wife. As the nearest abutters, we would face considerable disruption and discomfort during the year and a half that construction would take. And once the project was finished, we would have lost a good deal of privacy: In ...

  • Sep 20, 09:04 PM | Sun News

    Downtown Myrtle Beach development plays big part in city's strategy for future

    Sept. 20--Myrtle Beach could create a new office of economic development to help rehabilitate the downtown area and achieve the city's long-term growth goals. In the city's strategic planning workshop on Tuesday afternoon, city manager John Pedersen suggested that an Economic Development Office could be introduced as soon as the 2017-2018 budget. But while the office would have a broad scope ...

  • Sep 20, 07:30 PM | Flint Journal

    Members Only Board prohibited city from suing after lawsuit threat

    A state-appointed board removed the city’s ability to sue following the threat of a lawsuit, the Detroit Free Press reported. After Mayor Karen Weaver sent notice that the city might file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis, the Receivership Transition Advisory Board changed governance rules and forced city officials to first get RTAB approval before entering litigation, the Free ...

  • Sep 20, 06:43 PM | Saginaw News

    Members Only Urban renewal

    The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy is shifting its sights south to the urban landscape of Saginaw after years of work on mostly rural conservation projects. The conservancy claims 84 different conservation project sites, including 71 privately owned conservation easements and 10 nature preserves owned and maintained by the conservancy.Most are located in more sparsely populated areas and ...

  • Sep 20, 06:03 PM | Gold Coast Sun - Southern

    Members Only Highrise key to infrastructure fix for The Spit

    ALLOWING  highrise development on The Spit could be the trade-off the community has to accept for better ­infrastructure in the area. That’s the warning of the head of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Gold Coast, Finn Jones. Mr Jones said governments, from local to federal across the country are running on the smell of a oily fiscal rag and it would fall to developers to help ...

  • Sep 20, 06:00 PM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only City agrees to 'extensive analysis' on impact of self-driving cars

    St. Boniface Coun. Matt Allard is in the driver's seat when it comes to examining the impact of driverless vehicles on civic services.Allard first raised the issue in July. On Tuesday, the administration agreed with the suggestion and proposed, as a starting point, to conduct an extensive analysis of what other municipalities have uncovered.“This is going to be a hugely disruptive technology,” ...

  • Sep 20, 05:08 PM | Bond Buyer (Online)

    Members Only Baltimore City Council Approves Largest TIF Deal in City's History

    WASHINGTON – The Baltimore City Council on Monday approved a $660 million bond deal backed by property tax revenues to transform the Port Covington neighborhood, making it the largest tax increment financing district in the city's history. The council voted 12-1 on the bond financing for the $6.9 billion project, which will create a new global headquarters for Baltimore-based sports apparel ...

  • Sep 20, 04:37 PM | Daily Press

    Development group to study, and maybe develop, dozens of city-owned properties in downtown

    Sept. 20--HAMPTON -- Hampton is in the process of inking a deal for a development groupwith a long list of major projects across the state to turn its eye to downtown Hampton. Saunders Crouse Architects from Virginia Beach and Richmond-based developer WVS Companies submitted an unsolicited proposal to the city in July asking Hampton to give the companiessix months to study potential ...

  • Sep 20, 04:37 PM | Mortgage Daily

    Multifamily Drives Down New Building Permits

    Sept. 20--The annual rate of building permits took a hit last month due to weakened multifamily activity. But completed construction grew from a year earlier. Building permits were issued on 107,000 privately owned housing units during the month of August 2016 in municipalities that issue building permits. Activity increased from the downwardly revised 95,100 permits issued in the previous ...

  • Sep 20, 04:30 PM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only Public input sought for development on PSB site

    The public will have a say in what happens to the site of the now-vacant Public Safety Building and the adjacent crumbling Civic parkade.Planning director John Kiernan told reporters Tuesday the city will partner with CentreVenture and Red River College with a series of public meetings to gauge how the public wants to see the 2.4-acre property developed after the old police headquarters and ...

  • Sep 20, 02:00 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Don Chiofaro loses fight on tower’s size, but waterfront war is just beginning

    Walk into a meeting with Don Chiofaro, and you expect a little controversy. On a slow news day, you wish for it. Imagine my surprise when Chiofaro came to the Globe last week speaking from a carefully crafted 12-page script that took him about 20 minutes to get through. No more Mr. Off-the-Cuff. Know his history, and you understand why his handlers want to keep him on message. This is the ...

  • Sep 20, 12:59 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only 2 Louisiana metro areas grow fast in 2015, 2 shrink fast

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation's fastest-growing economies and two of its fastest-shrinking in 2015. Lake Charles' economy grew 8.3 percent, third-fastest in the nation according to numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. That growth was boosted by an increase in nondurable goods manufacturing, tied to oil and ...

  • Sep 19, 08:09 PM | Baltimore Sun

    City Council approves $660 million for Port Covington project

    Sept. 20--The Baltimore City Council gave its final approval Monday to a $660 million public financing package for Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's massive Port Covington project -- a deal supporters tout as a way to bring thousands of jobs to Baltimore, but critics decry as corporate welfare. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said the deal with Plank's Sagamore Development Co. is ...

  • Sep 20, 04:01 AM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Portland gives nod to new use for old school in Riverton

    Sept. 20--The Portland City Council gave initial approval Monday night for a Portland-based developer to give new life to an old school in the Riverton neighborhood. Developers Collaborative plans to renovate the former Thomas B. Reed School so it can be used as a preschool for children with special needs. The existing two-story brick structure and community open space at 19 Libby Ave. would ...

  • Sep 20, 02:50 AM | The Denver Post

    An alternative affordable housing plan

    Denver is a great place to live and to do business. The sunshine, open spaces, neighborhoods, sports teams, arts, world class airport, proximity to the mountains and more make it a city where people want to live. And people are moving here by the thousands. Denver's economy is stronger than at any time in history. The paradox is that Denver is becoming crowded and an expensive place to live. ...

  • Sep 19, 11:36 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only How zoning impacts your proximity to pollution

    Sept. 20--If you read our Chemical Breakdown series on the poor oversight of Houston's repositories of toxic material, you already know that potentially dangerous stuff could be lurking in your backyard. That might be more common than it is in other Texas cities, according to a new analysis, because of Houston's longstanding resistance to zoning. The working paper, by economists at the ...

  • Sep 19, 07:55 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Rebuilding of Allen Parkway is in the home stretch

    Sept. 20--Crews will soon finish most of the major work along Allen Parkway, including more than 140 parking spaces along Buffalo Bayou. Workers expect to finish all but minor, cosmetic and landscaping issues related to rebuilding Allen by Sept. 26, said Lonnie Hoogeboom, director of planning and design for the Houston Downtown Redevelopment Authority. If achieved, the contractor would be ...

  • Sep 19, 07:52 PM | Anniston Star

    EDITORIAL: Anniston has faced a long list of hurdles and obstructionists

    Sept. 19--Name another mid-sized Alabama city that has withstood the amount of gut-punches and dysfunction that has plagued today's Anniston. You can't because there's not one. Anniston's brew of bad publicity and awful news began when the U.S. Army abandoned Fort McClellan, leaving the city to fret about the thousands of rounds of unexploded ordnance hidden in the hillsides and woods of the ...

  • Sep 20, 01:57 AM | City & State

    Why it Should be Called the "Better-than-ever Bronx"

    The considerable progress the Bronx has made today – on economic development, housing and the overall revitalization of the borough – is no accident. For decades, the Bronx stood out from its neighbors in the region for the notable lack of investment in the borough. Today, that is changing, thanks to the advocacy and activism of the elected officials, community leaders, nonprofits, businesses ...

  • Sep 19, 07:51 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only How Zoning Impacts Your Proximity to Pollution

    Sept. 20--If you read our Chemical Breakdown series on the poor oversight of Houston's repositories of toxic material, you already know that potentially dangerous stuff could be lurking in your backyard. That might be more common than it is in other Texas cities, according to a new analysis, because of Houston's longstanding resistance to zoning. The working paper, by economists at the ...

  • Sep 19, 07:48 PM | Kansas City Star

    Clay Chastain Outlines His Latest Plan for a Light-rail System in Kansas City

    Sept. 20--Clay Chastain on Monday explained what he said was the last light-rail proposal he would ever pitch to Kansas City voters. "This is the final up and down vote on light rail, in my mind," Chastain said of the issue that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. "If they vote not to do it, I will accept that and consider the light-rail issue in Kansas City is dead." That said, the former Kansas ...

  • Sep 20, 07:21 AM | Westword

    Affordable Housing in Denver: How Long Will People in Need Have to Wait?

    Thanks to sky-high rents and rising housing costs, Denver is suffering from a serious lack of affordable housing. The issue will be addressed at tonight's Denver City Council meeting by way of two competing bills on view below. The first, designated by the number 625, calls for a property-tax hike of half a mill on homeowners, with the revenues poured into an affordable-housing fund intended ...

  • Sep 20, 07:13 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Red Lake uses part of federal loan to address drug treatment

    RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A northwestern Minnesota American Indian tribe will use part of a $13 million federal loan to help fight drug abuse. Red Lake Nation plans to build a nearly $5 million treatment center. The facility in Red Lake will have 16 beds, meeting rooms and visiting areas. Red Lake community development facilitator Gene McArthur tells Minnesota Public Radio News ...

  • Sep 20, 06:15 AM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only The newest plans for downtown Tampa: another grocery store, boutique hotel and more

    Sept. 19--TAMPA -- In the years to come, downtown Tampa streets will be lined with retail storefronts. The city will have at least two grocery stores, more than a half-dozen parks and will be home to two more urban hotels. While plans to redevelop downtown Tampa are still years in the making, the local real estate firm in charge of the $2 billion project is moving quickly to map out what goes ...

  • Sep 20, 03:57 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Portsmouth residents plan to file lawsuit over plant upgrade

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A group of Portsmouth residents plan to file a citizen's lawsuit under the Clean Water Act regarding the upgrade of the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Former City Councilor Esther Kennedy tells The Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/2cEUpj1 ) the residents are filing the lawsuit because they believe the improved plant is not sized correctly. The group is ...

  • Sep 19, 11:58 PM | Arutz Sheva

    Mark Zuckerberg home privacy plan rejected in Palo Alto

    Plan by Facebook CEO to reconstruct four homes around his own to protect his privacy rejected by city review board in Palo Alto, Calif. A plan by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to reconstruct four homes around his own to protect his privacy was rejected by a city review board in Palo Alto, Calif. The Architectural Review Board last week voted 3-1 to recommend to the city's planning director to ...

  • Sep 19, 10:59 PM | Star Tribune

    Controversial parks proposal moves to Met Council

    Sept. 20--Metro-area communities may be required spend up to 10 percent of their share of state parks Legacy funds to attract more youth, new immigrants, and racial and ethnic minorities to regional parks under a proposal approved Monday by a committee of the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council's Community Development Committee was asked to choose sides between its own staff on the one side ...

  • Sep 19, 10:57 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Western Illinois using federal grant for rural development

    MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University says it plans to use a federal grant to continue a program aimed at helping rural communities in the state. A news release from Western Illinois said Monday that the school will use a $96,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help pay for Western's Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development. Karen Mauldin-Curtis is the ...

  • Sep 19, 10:52 PM | Chino Champion

    Hills planners tackle wireless facility rules

    Chino Hills planning commission will tackle rules governing wireless communications facilities when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. Two new regulations, federal and state, are requiring numerous changes to the city code including the amount of time a city has to review wireless facilities and limiting the city's authority ro regulate certain modifications for existing ...

  • Sep 19, 10:35 PM | Southeast Advance

    Prospective relocation of road agency would open up large riverfront parcel

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Kent County Road Commission has bought about 30 acres in a new industrial park for a possible relocation in the event a planned Grand River revitalization sparks interest in its existing headquarters. The county agency spent upwards of $2.1 million on land in the Walkerview project being developed by Rockford Construction in the city of Walker, managing director Steve ...

  • Sep 19, 09:19 PM | Austin American-Statesman

    Wanted: Developer for county-owned block in downtown Austin

    Sept. 20--One of downtown Austin's most high-profile undeveloped blocks is up for grabs. Travis County is seeking proposals from developers who might be interested in transforming the property, which was proposed as a site for a new courthouse until voters said no to that plan. The site is currently a parking lot. Zoning would allow for nearly 2 million square feet of development, according to ...

  • Sep 19, 08:12 PM | Gazette

    'Room with a Brew' shows off new housing and restaurants in downtown Cedar Rapids

    Sept. 20--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Craft beer, hip real estate and an evening stroll is the trifecta to entice millennials and others downtown Friday evening for a glimpse of urban living in the City of Five Seasons. Called "Room with a Brew," the Parade of Homes-style event is a creative approach by neighborhood organizers to showcase how downtown living in Cedar Rapids looks and feels. "We know ...

  • Sep 19, 07:50 PM | Richmond Times-Dispatch

    City View Landing emerges on one of 'most significant riverfront properties in Richmond' X

    City View Landing, one of the largest developments in Richmond, is taking shape on nearly 18 acres in the Manchester neighborhood south of the James River, at the South Plant site for Reynolds Metals Co. The once-shuttered and neglected property was purchased for $9.25 million in December 2013 for a mixed-use development by Thalhimer Realty Partners Inc., an investment and development ...

  • Sep 19, 07:25 PM | The Sport Digest

    Rome 2024 Officials Stress Importance of Olympic and Paralympic Bid in Urban Development of Italian Capital

    A total of 15 new sporting projects will be created within urban areas in Rome if the Italian capital is successful in its attempt at securing the hosting rights for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been announced after the Bid Committee were given the first complete map of all the facilities present in the city. The map details a total of 2,221 sporting provisions throughout ...

  • Sep 19, 07:18 PM | Island Packet

    Update: Hilton Head could annex another island, inherit planned resort

    Sept. 19--Hilton Head Island's mayor says a five-star resort is planned for a 347-acre island that Town Council could decide to annex Tuesday. Bay Point Island LLC has filed a petition for annexation with the town for Bay Point Island. The island sits across the Port Royal Sound from Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett said Monday an "eco resort" by Six Senses Hotels Resorts ...

  • Sep 19, 07:02 PM | The Durham News

    Durham-Orange light rail plan may add stop at NCCU

    Sept. 19--DURHAM -- Regional transportation officials are exploring extending the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Project three-fifths of a mile to add an 18th stop near N.C. Central University's campus. The addition and other revisions are being considered in response to community feedback collected last year, said Mike Charbonneau, a spokesman for GoTriangle, a Wake, Orange and Durham ...

  • Sep 19, 06:58 PM | Press-Register

    Members Only Parks race up list of priorities

    A forester’s work to clear a few acres of trees near a new sports development in Daphne is creating a stir, drawing the attention of federal and state regulators concerned about the fate of local wetlands. But the scrutiny seems unlikely to halt an almost inevitable reality for Baldwin County’s largest city: Daphne is about to embark on one of its biggest park projects ever. At $16 million, ...

  • Sep 19, 06:46 PM | The News Record: University of Cincinnati

    Students, citizens react to Ohio's voter purging laws

    If you haven't checked off any of the choices on the ballot in the past four years, you may no longer be actively registered to vote. Various Ohioans are protesting the state's voter purging laws that dismantled the right to vote for over 14,000 people in Hamilton County last month. In a direct effort to curb such legislation, a group of Cincinnati nuns attended the monthly Hamilton County ...

  • Sep 19, 06:41 PM | Virginia Gazette

    Food trucks, culinary district discussed at public meeting

    Sept. 17--The Williamsburg planning commission Wednesday took a step toward revitalizing the area along Capitol Landing Road from Colonial Parkway to Merrimac Trail, which decades ago was an area frequented by tourists. The region is slated to become a culinary arts district, which in time could house restaurants, culinary arts schools, micro-breweries, and the like. Planning Commission ...

  • Sep 19, 01:56 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Architects preview design concept for new Utah state prison

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Architects designing a new Utah state prison said Monday they're trying to cherry pick the best ideas from hundreds of other modern correctional facilities around the country to create a campus that focuses on the rehabilitation of inmates so they don't commit more crimes and return. The project is an extraordinary opportunity to create a prison from a blank slate that ...

  • Sep 19, 04:40 PM | The Herald-Mail

    Washington Co. recognized for commitment to sustainable growth

    Washington County government, recognized as a solar-energy leader in the state, received an award last week from the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission for its conservation efforts. The commission presented awards for leadership, community planning and conservation at its fourth annual awards ceremony in Annapolis. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and programs that exemplify ...

  • Sep 19, 04:35 PM | Times Record

    Fort Smith residents hear about plans to propel city forward

    Sept. 18--Representatives from Gateway Planning -- the consulting firm contracted by nonprofit 64/6 Downtown to create a plan for development downtown -- shared specifics with the public about their ideas for revamping transportation, housing and infrastructure during a presentation Thursday evening at the Friedman Mincer Building. The plan is set to be complete in spring 2017, said Scott ...

  • Sep 19, 04:01 PM | Yakima Herald-Republic

    Reporter's Notebook: Decision on tax dollars for developer sparks Facebook fight

    Sept. 19--Not too long after Yakima County commissioners voted to not approve the city of Yakima's request to fund frontage and road improvements along the former Montgomery Ward property at South 24th Avenue and West Nob Hill Boulevard, Hogback Development Co. took to its Facebook page to express its dissatisfaction. The post, written by co-owner Chris Waddle, prompted indignation from ...

  • Sep 19, 03:53 PM | Atlantic City Weekly

    Is red tape holding up A.C.'s future?

    ATLANTIC CITY - Twenty years ago, casino mogul Steve Wynn bolted from the resort after getting fed up with the state's regulations. Could Revel owner Glenn Straub be next? He has threatened he might be, claiming regulators are preventing development and investment in the financially strapped city. Developers coming into the city face an alphabet soup of regulatory agencies they have to deal ...

  • Sep 19, 02:37 PM | Associated Press

    California governor backs rules on cow, landfill emissions

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will begin regulating greenhouse-gas emissions tied to dairy cows and landfills under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, escalating state efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based gases to include methane and other pollutants. The law targets a category of gases known as short-lived climate pollutants, which have an outsize effect on ...

  • Sep 19, 02:00 PM | ForeignAffairs.co.nz

    Members Only Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III

    MIL OSI – 10 September 2016: A draft outcome document for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was agreed during informal negotiations that took place from 7-10 September 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. The document, titled “New Urban Agenda,” is expected to be formally adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October ...

  • Sep 19, 01:33 PM | Kansas City Star

    Commerce Tower open house offers peek into the downtown KC 'vertical neighborhood'

    Sept. 19--A year from now, a person could wake up, buy breakfast, take a child to daycare, work out, go to a dog park, do a bit of banking business, sit down at an office desk and take an evening college class -- all without ever leaving a single building. Such is the "vertical neighborhood" under construction at 911 Main St. in downtown Kansas City. When completed next August, the 31-story ...