Daily Planning News

  • May 03, 04:06 AM | San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

    Members Only Suing the Suburbs to Generate Housing

    An army of build-it city dwellers, funded by the CEO of Yelp, is heading to court to force a sleepy East Bay suburb to go dense. The San Francisco Bay Area Renters' Federation - which goes by the name SFBarf - is suing the city of Lafayette, demanding that it resurrect a scrapped plan to build high-density housing on a 22-acre knoll of Deer Hill Road, just north of Highway 24. It's the first ...

  • May 02, 10:03 AM | Los Angeles Sentinel (CA)

    L.A. County Board of Supervisors Adopts Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones

    L.A. County officially adopts AB551: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones, promoting community revitalization, green space, and access to nutritious food through local, urban food growing. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the final ordinance and program details of the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program. With the new program, property owners can lease their land to ...

  • May 01, 01:18 PM | Governing

    The Miami Method for Zoning: Consistency Over Chaos

    May 01--Miami's Wynwood neighborhood epitomizes hip. A neglected industrial enclave that sat mostly empty just a few years ago, Wynwood today thrums with energy. Its low-slung warehouses and onetime auto garages are filled with buzz-worthy eateries, high-end tattoo studios, vegan juice bars and edgy art spaces. At Wood Tavern, twentysomethings gather around graffiti-covered picnic tables to ...

  • May 03, 01:56 AM | City & State (New York, NY)

    Who was counted? NYC continues to misrepresent street homelessness survey results

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio trumpeted a decline in street homelessness Thursday, but failed to note that the one-night survey he cited only counts a limited subset of the larger street homeless population – an oversight the city has repeated for the last decade. According to a city press release, the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) count found "2,794 homeless individuals ...

  • May 02, 04:47 PM | Daily News (Jacksonville, NC)

    New department set to revamp city's aging neighborhoods

    May 02--Jacksonville's next draft budget includes a new department already working to drive restoration of two aging city neighborhoods: Bayshore and Bell Fork Homes. Renters have replaced owners of decades-old houses flanking the worn pavement of Bayshore's wide streets. The neighborhood's more than 200 homes are scattered from Wilson Bay to Walter Thompson Elementary School and the back of ...

  • May 03, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post (MD)

    Long-awaited changes to Frederick city land code move forward

    May 03--To lawyer Bruce Dean, the last thing the Golden Mile needed was more retail development. Dean, a partner at Linowes and Blocher, advocated on behalf of the property owner he represented to nix the requirement for nonresidential development on the Summers Farm property in west Frederick. His effort was shot down by the city Planning Commission. The request would have required rezoning ...

  • May 03, 03:47 AM | Associated Press

    Remains of Captain Cook's ship likely off Rhode Island coast

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project officials are set to announce this week that the group is almost certain that a ship Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world is located somewhere below the depths of Newport Harbor. To celebrate Rhode Island Independence Day, RIMAP will announce on Wednesday that it's 80 to 100 percent sure that the remains of the HMS ...

  • May 02, 10:17 PM | Post-Tribune (Gary, IN)

    Gary's 'green' projects to slow water runoff

    May 03--Gary's City Hall may have a gray limestone façade, but soon it may reap green benefits, along with others areas on its northeast side. With $250,000 from a 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gary plans to trap rain water off City Hall to keep it from washing into sewers and contaminating Lake Michigan. In ...

  • May 02, 09:35 PM | Bradenton Herald (FL)

    Palmetto takes next step toward reuse water expansion

    May 03--PALMETTO -- It's been a goal of the city of Palmetto since the 1990s to reduce and eventually eliminate water discharge from the wastewater plant into Terra Ceia Bay, as well as to reduce using drinking water for irrigation. The city has made progress toward those goals as of late and took the latest step in pursuing a loan from the state to expand the wastewater plant and extend ...

  • May 02, 08:02 PM | Baltimore Sun (MD)

    For faster train travel, Amtrak wants to fix railway bottlenecks in Maryland

    May 03--As Amtrak trains whisk passengers hundreds of miles along the East Coast between Boston and Washington, they're forced to slow down at four pinch points in Maryland, where ancient railroad infrastructure can't accommodate the high speeds and capacity of modern train technology. Officials have begun planning to fix two of the bottlenecks, the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge, which opened ...

  • May 02, 08:01 PM | Baltimore Sun (MD)

    Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson

    May 03--The Baltimore County Council will consider new zoning rules to guide development in booming downtown Towson. Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, introduced a bill Monday that would create a downtown overlay district the council could use when making rezoning decisions this summer as part of the county's quadrennial review of zoning. The goal, Marks said, is to establish ...

  • May 02, 07:53 PM | Kansas City Star (MO)

    Public invited to vote on KC's top development project this year

    May 03--A mix of transportation, residential, commercial and manufacturing projects earned 10 finalist positions in the 2016 Cornerstone Awards competition sponsored by the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City. The finalists will vie for four additional honors: lifetime achievement, innovation, and "made in KC," and a new people's choice category introduced this year. Voting is open ...

  • May 02, 07:18 PM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)

    Members Only Milwaukee programs get grants for legal services, fighting homelessness

    May 02--Francesca Yerks says she was a 17-year-old single mother working a part-time job when she made the mistake of stealing a shirt. It was bad decision she says haunted her for years, especially when she was applying for jobs. "Some young people, they have it in mind that everything will go away at the age of 18," Yerks said. "And that's not the way it works." Yerks joined federal and city ...

  • May 02, 07:02 PM | Star-News (Wilmington, NC)

    Wilmington likely to address short-term rentals via zoning

    May 02--WILMINGTON -- City leaders looking to restrict short-term rentals will likely need to carve them into commercial zones, city staff said Monday. During the City Council's agenda review meeting, members of the city's planning staff said respondents to surveys, both online and at a public meeting, indicated that they are satisfied with short-term rentals and they should be allowed ...

  • May 02, 10:03 AM | Los Angeles Sentinel (CA)

    Marva Smith Battle-Bey Nurtured South L.A.'s Economic Development

    "Marva Smith Battle-Bey's focused and consistently positive energy will be missed by all of us working to improve conditions in South L.A.," said Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who like other community leaders, family and friends reached out to various media outlets recently, expressing their grief for Battle-Bey's passing. "The shopping centers at Vermont & Slauson, which she helped develop and ...

  • May 02, 07:16 AM | Suburban Trends (Bloomingdale, Wanaque, NJ)

    DOWNTOWN'S PRESENT STRUGGLES ROOTED IN PAST

    Even though some of the earliest settlements in North Jersey began here, history hasn't been entirely kind to downtown Wanaque. Evidence to support that notion can be seen in the empty storefronts languishing near Borough Hall. With just one main route and limited parking in town, many landlords struggle to keep viable retailers and service providers occupying their properties. Over the past ...

  • May 02, 06:16 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Port Huron-area community looks at farm animal rules

    PORT HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Port Huron-area community is looking at amending zoning laws for housing livestock and farm animals. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports (http://bwne.ws/1NOn3K7 ) Port Huron Township planning commissioners had previously this year discussed regulating the care and keeping of livestock on individual parcels of property. Now, the planning commission holds a ...

  • May 02, 04:38 AM | Washington Daily News (NC)

    Zoning matter might go to Superior Court

    Washington's Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. today in a special session to discuss a proposed ordinance amendment regarding the conversion of single-family residences to multi-family residences in the B1-H zoning district. The City Council asked the board to study the issue after Don Stroud, a Washington resident and attorney, challenged the city's issuance of a building permit that would ...

  • May 01, 10:20 PM | Austin Daily Herald (MN)

    City council to discuss housing tax credits

    May 01--The Austin City Council is scheduled to discuss workforce housing tax credits and their 2016 goals during the work session at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting. The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin is working with Three Rivers Community Action to again apply for tax credits to be used for a workforce housing project. The HRA is asking the council to approve the use of ...

  • May 01, 08:06 AM | Chicago Tribune (IL)

    City says private developer will build hotel on Navy Pier

    May 01--City officials have unveiled plans for a hotel with more than 200 rooms on the east end of Navy Pier, an idea that was part of a long-term vision put forth in 2011 to remake the lakefront attraction. The city said the project is being developed and managed by Rosemont-based First Hospitality Group and will be privately financed. "The developer is finalizing the financing for this ...

  • May 01, 11:03 AM | Columbus Dispatch (OH)

    Members Only Columbus to spend billions fixing waterlines, sewers

    May 01--Call it growing pains. The biggest portion of Columbus' record-setting capital budget will be spent on improvements designed to stop untreated sewage from overflowing into central Ohio's creeks and rivers, and to upgrade the city's public water system. Since 2004, the city has been in trouble with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for allowing too much sewage to wash into ...

  • May 01, 10:40 AM | Greeley Tribune (CO)

    Finding home: One year later, how Greeley's homeowner incentive program is working out

    April 30--With a young family, University of Northern Colorado theater professor Shelly Gaza knew moving into a neighborhood near UNC would be a risk. Despite some beautiful houses, the area is also known as a haven for renters and college students. She and her husband, Brian, had two young children. Add to that the fact Gaza wouldn't get tenure for two more years, if at all. Buying the home ...

  • May 01, 10:34 AM | Duluth News-Tribune (MN)

    Lake County plans 50-mile mountain-biking trail

    May 01--Northern Minnesota mountain bikers might soon have another substantial chunk of backcountry dirt to ride on the North Shore. Lake County officials are planning a 50-mile trail network on 6,500 acres of tax-forfeited county land between the Split Rock River and Beaver Bay, said Nate Eide, Lake County land commissioner "With what's going on around us (in mountain biking), the Lake ...

  • May 02, 05:05 AM | Detroit Free Press (MI)

    Feds Subpoena Detroit for Blight Removal Records

    May 02--Federal investigators have subpoenaed Detroit's Auditor General's office requesting records related to the use of federal funds in the city's massive demolition program, the Free Press has learned. Detroit auditor general Mark Lockridge, whose office has been investigating Mayor Mike Duggan's demolition program since October, said the subpoena delivered to his office on Thursday is ...

  • May 01, 05:46 AM | Aiken Standard (SC)

    North Augusta Business Leaders Want Greater Inclusion in City Planning Talks

    May 01--NORTH AUGUSTA -- Although city officials say proposed changes to North Augusta's development code will stimulate economic development, some business leaders fear the revisions being discussed will have the opposite effect. North Augusta City Council and planning commissioners spent four hours Thursday methodically sifting through the code, focusing on the Georgia Avenue Overlay ...

  • Apr 30, 11:16 PM | Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

    Boulder's Goose Creek Neighborhoods Looks to 'Gentle Infill' to Build Community

    April 30--Policies that would create more density in existing neighborhoods have the feel of a third rail in Boulder politics. Members of Goose Creek Neighborhoods are marshalling residents who aren't afraid to grab that rail with both hands. The new nonprofit organization hopes eventually to operate a land trust that promotes "gentle infill," finding room for tiny homes, accessory units and ...

  • May 02, 09:37 AM | Flint Journal (MI)

    Members Only With the ongoing water crisis already threatening to undo years of economic revitalization in the city, the last thing...

    With the ongoing water crisis already threatening to undo years of economic revitalization in the city, the last thing Flint can afford right now is politics as usual. Yet, the Flint City Council can't seem to get out of its own way when it comes to moving the city forward. The request for a tax freeze on the downtown Capitol Theatre project should be a no-brainer. Once a jewel of the city, ...

  • May 01, 01:21 PM | Eastern Express Times (PA)

    Members Only OFFICIALS SAY WETLANDS PLAN COULD BITE BACK

    Independence Twp. The Island Dragway may be feeling a little more like an actual island. New Jersey's plans to turn nearly 100 nearby acres in Independence Township into wetlands have raised concerns among leaders in Warren County, including the racetrack's owner. "They're taking perfectly good farmland and returning it to wetlands," said Melissa Milano, who also serves on the township land ...

  • May 01, 12:53 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Group plans tiny house village for homeless in Muncie

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A nonprofit organization wants to build a village of six tiny houses for the homeless in Muncie. Project planners from Bridges Community Services are seeking permission from a city zoning for the micro-village, The Star Press reported (http://tspne.ws/1Ny6qSO). Houses would measure 96 square feet each and have a bed, two windows, a desk and a loft storage area, as well as ...

  • May 01, 09:50 AM | Oregonian (Portland, OR)

    Members Only Fire destroys homeless camp

    Fire destroys homeless camp Investigators are working to find the cause of a fire that swept through a North Portland homeless camp Saturday morning. Fire crews responded to reports of a fire at the camp off North Interstate Avenue and Schmeer Road near the Portland International Raceway. It’s the latest in a rash of blazes at homeless camps around the city, according to the fire bureau. ...

  • May 01, 09:35 AM | Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)

    Iowa City has higher share of renters paying 30 percent or more of income to housing than other metros

    May 01--IOWA CITY -- A greater share of Iowa City renters pay 30 percent or more of their income to rent than any other major city in Iowa -- including other college towns. Luis Saez is one of those renters. The Iowa City father said he pays 40 percent of his monthly income as a factory line worker to rent a two-bedroom apartment on Iowa City's southeast side. Soon an even larger chunk of ...

  • May 01, 05:04 AM | Detroit Free Press (MI)

    Detroit's Lee Plaza plan still a go, despite delays

    May 01--An ambitious $51-million plan to turn the ravaged and abandoned Lee Plaza tower on Detroit's west side into an oasis of upscale housing is still moving forward, despite months of project delays, the prospective developer said last week. "We're going to renovate the building and bring it back to luxury," said Craig Sasser, 63, a Detroit native who recently returned to the city from Los ...

  • May 01, 04:37 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only Safety barricade on Canal Street sidewalk puts pedestrians in peril, some say

    Two buildings on Canal Street are fenced in to keep pedestrians safe while they are being reinforced. A late January fire left little more than their facades standing, and they are being braced while the owners decide what’s next. But the fence, which the city put in place after the fire, covers the entire sidewalk and forces anyone trying to get past the construction site into a lane of ...

  • May 01, 03:21 AM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

    Despite subsidies, St. Louis retailing is a no-growth sector

    May 01--If you drive past St. Louis' giant Ikea or the new Menards stores in Richmond Heights and St. Ann, you might think retailing is a growth industry here. You'd be wrong. Area governments have provided more than $2 billion of subsidies to retail developers in the past couple of decades, but metropolitan St. Louis has the same number of people working in retailing as it did in 1990. The ...

  • Apr 30, 10:55 PM | Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

    St. Paul thinks big for downtown with plan for River Balcony

    May 01--Downtown St. Paul sits on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. But finding a route down to the water can be confusing, said Lowertown resident Kathy Powell, who is often asked how to get from one area to the other. The river -- long the industrial and commercial heart of St. Paul -- was for decades laden with industrial waste and sewage, and cut off from downtown by rail lines ...

  • Apr 30, 10:38 PM | Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)

    Long-unused hotel near Woodland Park gets new life as affordable housing

    April 30--By mid-May an army of volunteers will attack a small Woodland Park hotel that has sat dormant for years. More than 200 workers will be at the Lofthouse property near downtown Woodland Park on May 11, cleaning up what leaders at Habitat for Humanity of Teller County plan to transform into a nine-condo complex. Jamie Caperton, the organization's executive director, said May 11 will be ...

  • Apr 30, 06:52 PM | Naples Daily News (FL)

    Naples residents miss out on millions in state housing assistance for low-income homeowners

    April 30--Low-income homeowners in the city of Naples have missed out on millions of dollars in state housing-assistance money offered each year, records show. From 2000 to 2010, city residents received a little more than $17,000 of the more than $23.6 million in State Housing Initiative Partnership funding made available to the city and county, or less than 1 percent. The bulk of the money ...

  • Apr 30, 10:07 AM | Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)

    Champaign County considers land bank to fight blight

    April 30--Champaign County leaders are researching if it makes sense to start a land bank, part of a growing trend in which rural counties across Ohio are looking for ways to deal with a glut of vacant and abandoned properties. The Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission is collecting data from Urbana and villages in Champaign County to determine how many abandoned properties are ...

  • Apr 30, 05:28 AM | Pasadena Star-News (CA)

    Members Only Report: Storefronts are big indicator of economic success, L.A. area cities are brimming with them

    Storefront businesses contribute heavily to the economic vitality and social fabric of a city, and Los Angeles is brimming with them, according to a newly released report. The Storefront Index Report from City Observatory ranked 51 major metropolitan cities by the number of storefront businesses they have that are within 3 miles of the center of the city's main business district, with each ...

  • Apr 30, 04:36 AM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only In reversal, staff of Coastal Commission recommends approval of Newport Beach hotel and housing project

    April 30--In a reversal of its previous position, the staff of the California Coastal Commission is recommending approval of a hotel and housing complex on the last big block of private land on the Southland coast. The proposal to build an upscale hotel, retail space and hundreds of homes on a coastal bluff next to Newport Beach has helped stoke the controversy surrounding the commission, ...

  • Apr 30, 04:01 AM | Portland Press Herald (ME)

    Members Only Judge dismisses lawsuit against Portland over senior housing project

    April 30--A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Portland for its rezoning of land where a senior housing project is planned, potentially ending one of a few legal challenges that have arisen as developers have rushed to take advantage of the hot housing market and residents have fought to protect their neighborhoods from change. Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Thomas D. ...

  • Apr 30, 03:07 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Youngest Planning Commission member does her homework

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — "That was totally luck." This was her response when asked how someone 22 years old landed on the Eugene Planning Commission, the seven-member board that helps plan the city's growth and development. Well, maybe. But isn't luck what happens when preparation and opportunity meet? Didn't some famous person once say this? Brianna Nicolello, better known as Bree, is most ...

  • Apr 29, 09:35 PM | Record (Stockton, CA)

    Historic shipyard may see cleanup

    April 29--State officials are preparing to remove tons of contaminated soil from the site of a historic downtown shipyard, a small step toward possible future development at the prime waterfront location. If approved, the work could take place during the summer on a northern portion of the old Colberg Boat Works property, on the north side of the downtown channel, east of the Interstate 5 ...

  • Apr 29, 09:32 PM | Las Cruces Sun-News (NM)

    Council to consider downtown development agreements

    April 30--LAS CRUCES -- A busy Monday awaits the Las Cruces City Council, as it focuses on finances and downtown redevelopment. The council will first gather at 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall as the Las Cruces Tax Increment Development District board of commissioners. At that special meeting, the TIDD board will consider adoption of a development agreement with GMB Development NM, who has proposed ...

  • Apr 29, 09:08 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    Affordable apartment complex could be built near historic mission

    April 29--OCEANSIDE -- Construction could start early next year on a 38-unit apartment complex for low income families near the historic Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. The apartments are part of a 380-home development called Villa Storia that would be built by Integral Communities on a vacant 35.5-acre property just north of Mission Avenue and east and west of Academy Road. The apartment ...

  • Apr 29, 09:04 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    Reports: Lack of building affects SD economy

    April 29--Don't be fooled by all the cranes downtown. Home building in San Diego County was cited by reports this week as lagging much of the nation and a drag on the local economy. The University of San Diego's monthly analysis showed the local economy grew just 0.4 percent in March, mostly because of a huge drop in residential units authorized by building permits. Other parts of the local ...

  • Apr 29, 06:16 AM | Tampa Bay Times (FL)

    Members Only Hillsborough's transportation plan goes down in defeat; so, what now?

    April 28--TAMPA -- The day after Wednesday's failed transportation vote, one question loomed over Hillsborough County: What now? Sitting in his downtown office overlooking Kennedy Boulevard, County Commissioner Les Miller leaned back in his chair, shrugged and offered this simple and sobering reply: "I don't know." Commissioners, activists and residents all agree: Something needs to be done ...

  • Apr 28, 11:14 AM | Guardian Web

    Story of cities #32: Jane Jacobs v Robert Moses, battle of New York's urban titans

    In 1961, Bennett Cerf, one of the founders of the publishing firm Random House, sent a copy of a new book by Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of American Cities, to the legendary city planner Robert Moses. Moses’s reply was curt: Dear Bennett, I am returning the book you sent me. Aside from the fact that it is intemperate and inaccurate, it is also libelous. I call your attention, for example, ...

  • Apr 28, 05:00 PM | Economist.com

    Members Only America’s modern suburbs look like cities but feel like villages

    Instant, ready-made downtowns bulldoze the distinction between city and suburb AMERICAN suburbs don’t come much more ordinary than Sunrise. In street after street, modest single-storey houses sit behind grass yards dotted with bougainvillea bushes and palm trees. Each house has a mailbox on a pole, with a little red flag to signal when it is full. Sunrise is so similar to other Florida suburbs ...

  • Apr 29, 09:35 AM | Times Union (Albany, NY)

    Members Only Land owner sues Colonie over buffer zone

    April 29--COLONIE -- The town is being sued by a property owner over a larger-than-usual buffer zone limiting development on her land. Phyllis Mooney wants to be able to sell her land at 33-45 Forts Ferry Road for developer Frank Nigro to build a 110-unit senior housing complex. Mooney, who lives in Pennsylvania, has battled with her neighbors and the town over the zoning of the property. On ...

  • Apr 29, 05:21 AM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

    St. Paul 'river balcony' takes shape on paper, but funding uncertain

    April 29--At times hugging Kellogg Boulevard, at times edging out along the downtown St. Paul river bluff, a public promenade could someday lead visitors along more than a mile of the Mississippi River. But it won't be cheap, and it won't all happen overnight. After a year and a half of planning, city planners say the downtown St. Paul River Balcony is gradually taking shape on paper, though ...

  • Apr 29, 01:28 AM | Grand Rapids Business Journal (MI)

    Partners plan 'neighborhood' grocery store downtown

    A grocery store may be coming downtown. An application has been filed with the city of Grand Rapids for the "approval to sell wine and beer for off-site consumption in association with a new neighborhood grocery store" in a 3,892-square-foot space at 38 Commerce Ave. SW. The city planning commission will hold a public hearing on May 12. The application was filed by Jeff Vanden Berg and his ...

  • Apr 28, 07:56 PM | Kansas City Star (MO)

    Blight designation could pave way for development near Crown Center

    April 29--The Kansas City Council reluctantly approved a blight finding Thursday for property just south of Crown Center, to pave the way for an $80 million development. The vote designates an 18.4-acre site, generally between 27th and 30th streets and between Gillham Road and McGee Street, as blighted and in need of redevelopment. The plan folds in two existing tax abatement planning areas ...

  • Apr 28, 07:32 PM | Associated Press

    The Latest: High-speed rail board approves revised plan

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California board meeting to discuss the revised high-speed rail plan (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project has approved the latest $64 billion business plan calling for trains to run from the Central Valley to the San Jose area starting in 2025. Board members approved the plan Thursday after delaying ...

  • Apr 28, 06:48 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Judge rules for San Francisco in fight over reservoir

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California judge Thursday threw out a lawsuit that sought to remove Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to more than 2 million San Francisco Bay Area residents. Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Kevin Seibert sided with San Francisco officials who have objected to draining the reservoir. Restore Hetch Hetchy, the group that sued the city to close ...

  • Apr 28, 05:49 PM | BMI Research

    Members Only Miami-Dade MPO Plans Six Urban Rail Lines

    News: The Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has decided to pursue the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit plan, which calls for construction of six new urban rail lines in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Five of the six lines will be developed as light rail. The Beach Corridor will link the city centre with Miami Beach via the MacArthur Causeway. The South Dade Transit Way will ...

  • Apr 28, 02:42 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Work begins on downtown Burlington lighting project

    BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Work has begun on a lighting project in downtown Burlington that will illuminate six church steeples and a wedding venue. Gretchen Miller, chairwoman of the Downtown Lighting Committee, told The Hawk Eye (http://bit.ly/1VE4JpF ) that church steeples will be lit with LED lights mounted on bronze-colored posts. "Everyone is very excited," Miller said. "It's going to be a ...

  • Apr 28, 01:03 PM | Howard County Times (Columbia, MD)

    Citizen task force reviews pace of development and public facilities

    April 28--A panel tasked with reviewing the adequate public facilities ordinance, a land use policy that attempts to manage development and the pace of public facilities, is recommending stricter limits on residential development when area schools are crowded. However, the recommendation, crafted after more than six hours of negotiations between citizens representing developers and community ...

  • Apr 28, 12:43 PM | Albuquerque Journal (NM)

    NY trust buys into NM affordable housing

    The Community Development Trust, a national investor in affordable housing, is one of the new owners of affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and people with special needs in New Mexico. The New York City-based real-estate investment trust on Wednesday said it has partnered with New Mexico-based YES Housing Inc. to refinance existing mortgage loans and make upgrades to three ...

  • Apr 28, 11:18 AM | Record Searchlight (Redding, CA)

    Cost analysis of ignoring homelessness due out soon

    April 28--An analysis looking at the community's cost to do nothing on homelessness is complete and set for release in the middle of May. Redding Councilwoman Kristen Schreder said the San Francisco-based team she hired for the work, HomeBase, has submitted a draft of the data study to her. Schreder, who is reviewing the document, said she is in the process of contacting several of the ...

  • Apr 28, 10:04 AM | Westchester County Business Journal (NY)

    Developers fight over the meaning of 'real estate' in Mount Vernon

    The old Fleetwood garage in Mount Vernon looms over Broad Street West, but in a fight that pits developer against developer the question is whether the massive deteriorating parking garage is actually "real property." Two Fleetwood landlords sued the city and two developers in state Supreme Court in White Plains on Dec. 28, claiming that the Mount Vernon City Council improperly transferred the ...

  • Apr 28, 10:02 AM | Los Angeles Sentinel (CA)

    Water Board Sues Army Corps of Engineers Over L.A. River Operations

    The regional water board is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over dredge and fill operations along the Los Angeles River in Glendale and the Sepulveda Basin that allegedly violated the Clean Water Act, officials announced. The lawsuit, lodged February 17 in Los Angeles federal court by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, alleges the corps neglected to obtain required water quality ...

  • Apr 28, 10:01 AM | San Diego Business Journal (CA)

    Members Only Chargers Release Downtown Stadium Plan

    SPORT: Chargers, NFL to Pay $650M; TOT Would Be 16.5% The San Diego Chargers have released the final language of their initiative to finance a $1.8 billion downtown football stadium-convention center hybrid, which would raise the city's hotel tax from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent if approved by voters in November. The plan confirms reports from last month describing the Chargers' intentions, ...

  • Apr 28, 09:16 AM | Westerly Pawcatuck Press, The (RI)

    Wetlands controversy videotaped at border

    THOMPSON, Conn. - For more than a year, the town's Inland Wetlands Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Selectmen have been holding hearings and meetings regarding requests to alter wetlands near Rhode Island's Buck Hill Management Area. Two applications have been filed in the past year, by the same party, to develop parts of the same parcel, about 112 acres of subdivided land ...

  • Apr 28, 08:43 AM | Daily Telegraph (UK)

    Members Only Dubai skyscraper’s new glass observation deck to mimic feeling of ‘walking in the air’

    Visitors will soon be able to enjoy panoramic views over Dubai from a vertigo-inducing glass-floored walkway on the 80th floor of the tallest skyscraper in the city's new Aykon City development. Strapped into a harness and secured to a safety rail, daredevils begin their viewing experience on the 78th floor lounge and dining room where they then walk along an open-air ledge before ascending to ...

  • Apr 28, 08:39 AM | Mississippi Press

    Members Only Ocean Springs looking for residents to serve on planning commission, others

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- The City of Ocean Springs is looking for residents willing to donate their time to serve on several boards and commissions, including the city Planning Commission. Other openings are on the Building Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning & Adjustment Board and the Economic Development Council. All applicants must be reside inside the Ocean Springs ...

  • Apr 28, 08:32 AM | Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT)

    Ogden city takes first steps toward revitalizing blighted area through URA

    April 28--OGDEN -- Just weeks after a consultant determined that a nine-block section of central Ogden is overrun with blight, city officials are now looking to qualify another run-down part of town for government-assisted urban renewal. On Tuesday, April 26, members of Ogden's Community and Economic Development staff presented the city council with a proposal that would allow the city to ...

  • Apr 28, 07:14 AM | South Bergenite (South Hackensack, NJ)

    BUSINESS OWNERS, RESIDENTS DREAD EMINENT DOMAIN

    Residents and business owners came out in strong opposition to a proposal to designate a nearly two-block section of the borough centered on Agnew Place as an area in need of redevelopment, expressing their fears about the eminent domain authority this would grant Rutherford. The Planning Board held a hearing on April 21 to discuss the findings of a study on the area, at the end of which the ...

  • Apr 28, 07:14 AM | Twin-Boro News (Bergenfield, Dumont, New Milford, NJ)

    KEY TO DOWNTOWN REVIVAL MAY BE REBUILDING

    SECOND of TWO PARTS The anchor that held Bergenfield in its prosperous place was lifted, and the downtown drifted ever since. When the 37,000-square-foot Florence Shop closed after the holidays in 1994, the borough's central business district lost its biggest draw. For 57 years, the department store that specialized in women's apparel was a pillar at the northeastern corner of Main Street and ...

  • Apr 28, 05:55 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Oahu development permit delayed amid residents' concerns

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A proposed 300-unit condominium development on Oahu will be the subject of a contested case hearing following concerns from residents who say the project would interfere with the land's historic sites. The Leeward Planning Commission has decided against granting the necessary permit for the Ocean Villas development at Kahaluu Bay. Instead, the commission approved ...

  • Apr 28, 02:27 AM | Associated Press

    High-speed rail board to weigh in on revised California plan

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California. The board will meet Thursday in Sacramento, a week after postponing a planned vote to make changes to the revised business plan. ...

  • Apr 27, 07:53 PM | Kansas City Star (MO)

    Demolition for two dead malls sets stage for future development

    April 27--Two Kansas malls are getting set for redevelopment. Demolition has started on the former 700,000-square-foot enclosed Indian Springs Shopping Center in Kansas City, Kan., to help speed up future redevelopment once plans are in place. It opened in 1971 and lost its last anchor department store in 2001. Doug Bach, county administrator with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and ...

  • Apr 28, 06:17 AM | Indianapolis Star (IN)

    City wants say in Coca-Cola bottling plant redevelopment

    April 28--Mayor Joe Hogsett's administration has asked Indianapolis Public Schools to postpone action on the former Coca-Cola bottling plant, while the city considers taking over the redevelopment process. The city's expanded interest in the site could lead to a new request for proposals that essentially would start the process over. It also could cause at least one developer to walk away from ...

  • Apr 28, 02:12 AM | Associated Press

    Civil rights panel to hold hearing over Flint water crisis

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission plans its first public hearing into whether Flint residents faced discrimination during the switch to the Flint River for drinking water and subsequent lead contamination. The hearing Thursday at Flint's Riverfront Banquet Center will include opening remarks from commission co-chairs and a comment period with preference given to city ...

  • Apr 28, 02:01 AM | East Brunswick Sentinel (NJ)

    Residents want South River to maintain its small-town appeal

    SOUTH RIVER - After two open public workshops on what lower Main Street should look like, it is now up to the town's planners to come up with a plan. "The whole idea of this is to get a conversation going and get people thinking about what we can do to improve the area, what can we do to try to make it better for businesses that are there and for future businesses to come in," Mayor John ...

  • Apr 27, 09:33 PM | Record (Stockton, CA)

    From blight to bright: Community group renovates homes, finds new owners

    April 27--STOCKTON -- A mere three months ago, the front lawn of the vacant home at 1501 Julian St. was little more than a bog, with large swatches of paint peeling off the house itself and plywood boards where windows belonged. The single-story dwelling, built in 1947, was a poster child for a neighborhood long riddled with blight and beset by violent crime and drug dealing. It was one of ...

  • Apr 27, 08:35 PM | Associated Press

    Seattle compost rule thrown out by judge as unconstitutional

    SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental effort in Seattle to stop residents from tossing food scraps and other compost into the trash was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a judge who said trash collectors poking through people's garbage violates privacy rights. King County Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus voided enforcement of the city ordinance in a written ruling, but she did not invalidate ...

  • Apr 27, 07:48 PM | Rio Blanco Herald Times (Meeker, CO)

    Conservation districts weigh in on plan to assist sage grouse

    RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts staff attended the BLM's Stakeholder Workshop titled "The Next Steppe: Implementing for the Future," in Grand Junction on April 19, when several Interior Department staff members from Washington D.C., and Colorado BLM Director Ruth Welch addressed the group. These officials expressed their desire to hear the stakeholders' ...

  • Apr 27, 06:07 PM | San Antonio Express-News (TX)

    Members Only Future of San Antonio-Austin passenger rail could hinge on local planning group

    April 27--Prompted by its Austin-area counterpart, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is debating a decision that could determine the future of a proposed passenger train in the Interstate 35 corridor. At a meeting Monday, the organization discussed whether it ought to fund some of the costs of planning a rail service known as LSTAR amid considerable doubt about whether it can ...

  • Apr 27, 05:02 PM | Albany Herald (GA)

    Albany City Commission signs off on plan for Georgia development designation

    April 27--ALBANY -- The Albany City Commission agreed to send a draft of the joint city/county Comprehensive Plan to the Department of Community Affairs for approval and OK'd $57,300 in funding that will provide for a consultant to help officials at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport get an 85-acre tract of land Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development designation. Those votes were part ...

  • Apr 27, 02:02 PM | Australian, The

    Members Only Alphabet weighs plan for smart city

    Google parent Alphabet has ­legions of web developers. Soon it might be in need of real estate developers. In coming weeks, top executives at the technology giant are set to weigh a pitch from Alphabet’s urban technology-focused subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs, on a plan to delve into an ambitious new arena: city building. According to sources, Sidewalk is putting the final touches on a proposal to ...

  • Apr 27, 01:02 PM | Baltimore Sun (MD)

    State awarded $650,000 for Baltimore storefront improvements

    April 27--A year after the rioting in Baltimore on the day of Freddie Gray's funeral, the state announced that it has awarded $650,000 in storefront improvement grants to nearly 50 businesses in affected areas. The Maryland Business Recovery Storefront Improvement Grant Program was established by Gov. Larry Hogan after the unrest. It's administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and ...

  • Apr 27, 12:30 PM | Associated Press

    Art Project: Pigeon flock to illuminate NYC skyline

    NEW YORK (AP) — An acrobatic display by a flock of homing pigeons could give a whole new meaning to the words "performance art." About 2,000 homing pigeons will illuminate New York City's night sky in a project by Brooklyn-based artist Duke Riley. The birds, each equipped with a remote-controlled leg band LED light, will be released at twilight from coops aboard a former aircraft carrier ...

  • Apr 27, 12:09 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Plans revealed for Oklahoma City-area turnpike project

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has released a final design route for a planned $190 million project that agency officials say will better connect southwest Oklahoma City with the rest of the metropolitan area. An event to unveil the Southwest Kilpatrick Extension plan Tuesday was canceled because of a severe weather threat, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1XW8pkt ) reports. ...

  • Apr 25, 10:05 AM | Fairfield County Business Journal

    Smart growth drives development in suburban communities

    Visiting Westchester recently, Parris N. Glendening, the former Maryland governor, dined one evening at a restaurant on Central Avenue. A national advocate for smart growth - high-density, mixed-use development near mass transit centers to reduce sprawl and protect the natural environment in more walkable cities and suburbs - Glendening glimpsed the commercial avenue's possibilities beyond its ...

  • Apr 27, 09:51 AM | Salem News (MA)

    Neighbors fret about water from any Whipple Hill homes

    April 27--DANVERS -- A plan to build 20 homes toward the top of Whipple Hill is all wet, to some neighbors. The Planning Board held a public hearing Tuesday night at the Danvers Senior Center on Stone Street for a definitive subdivision plan on an upland portion of the Annunciation Cemetery at 155 Hobart St. Last year, the same developer -- John Thomson -- had proposed a 20-home subdivision on ...

  • Apr 27, 08:29 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Plans move ahead for high-rise at Hudson's site in Detroit

    DETROIT (AP) — Plans are moving ahead for a new high-rise building in downtown Detroit on the site where the flagship J.L. Hudson Co. department store once stood. The Downtown Development Authority on Wednesday approved a tentative deal that would allow for the construction of a mixed-used development. Officials say the agreement paves the way for the high-rise. Development rights for the ...

  • Apr 27, 04:37 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only Lagoons will ease floods in City Park area: Water would be pumped out ahead of storms

    A flood-control structure being built in City Park will allow its lagoons to be pumped out ahead of an approaching hurricane or flooding rains. It will turn much of the site into a holding area for floodwater and ease the drainage burden so surrounding neighborhoods can be cleared first. Zurich Insurance announced Tuesday it will pay for the $1 million weir, which has the fringe benefit of ...

  • Apr 27, 02:22 AM | Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)

    Members Only City weighs protection for housing bias victims

    Councilor says landlords should not be allowed to turn away potential tenants who have federal housing vouchers. A city councilor said Monday she will soon introduce legislation that would make it illegal for Syracuse landlords to refuse to rent to poor people with housing vouchers. Syracuse Councilor-at-Large Jean Kessner said she has not yet drafted the amendment, which could make it illegal ...

  • Apr 26, 09:13 PM | Omaha World-Herald (NE)

    Survey paints stark portrait of Omaha's youth homelessness

    Almost half of the homeless Omaha youths in a recent survey said they've tried to stay at a shelter but found it was full. Nearly 57 percent didn't know where to find shelter, and more than 46 percent felt too embarrassed to seek help. The statistics come from a new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers who interviewed homeless 14- to 21-year-olds from 11 U.S. cities, including ...

  • Apr 27, 06:27 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Fort Wayne plans community art project involving beach balls

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The city of Fort Wayne is launching a community art project that asks residents to paint oversized beach balls that will float on the St. Marys River and be hung from downtown bridges. The city announced the "Faces of the Fort" art project on Tuesday. The balls will be inflated and given a base coat of paint on Wednesday. Dates for the community to paint an area on the ...

  • Apr 27, 04:37 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only Can N.O. learn to live with water?

    It all sounds a bit wonky, but in the end it could be a first step toward a greener New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called on a San Francisco nonprofit to come up with a tool that can identify the city’s natural resources and collect public opinion to lay the groundwork for future policy decisions concerning ways to redesign public spaces to address everything from storms to rising ...

  • Apr 27, 03:03 AM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only South Boston power plant sells for $24.25 million

    REAL ESTATE South Boston power plant sells for $24.25 million The power plant that looms over South Boston sold Tuesday for $24.25 million, according to Suffolk County property records. A partnership of development firms Hilco Global and Redgate Partners closed on its purchase of Exelon Corp.’s New Boston Generating Station at the corner of Summer and First streets. Hilco — which specializes ...

  • Apr 26, 11:17 PM | Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

    Boulder leaders soak up civic engagement lessons during Eugene, Ore., swing

    April 26--EUGENE, Ore. -- As officials from Boulder and Eugene, Ore., met Tuesday morning for a wide-ranging roundtable on housing, homelessness and town-gown relations, one common denominator continually emerged: The citizenries of both cities are civically engaged, but often end up in conflict, particularly in ongoing conversations about development, density and long-term land use planning. ...

  • Apr 26, 10:52 PM | Erie Times-News (PA)

    Planner discusses city of Erie development plan

    April 27--ERIE, Pa. -- A Virginia consulting firm planner discussing the city of Erie's multiyear development plan said nearly 40 percent of residential properties in Erie show moderate to severe signs of distress. Peter Lombardi, a planner with the Alexandria, Va.-based consulting firm CZB, outlined details of the city's development plan tonight during a public presentation and discussion at ...

  • Apr 26, 09:40 PM | Record (Stockton, CA)

    Wilderness area master plan gains approval

    April 26--STOCKTON -- After months of community and commission meetings, a plan to revitalize a park in northern San Joaquin County is finally moving forward. The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-0 to approve the Woodbridge Wilderness Area Master Plan, but with the stipulation that suggestions to expand operational hours be tabled until a more cost-effective plan can ...

  • Apr 26, 07:57 PM | Houston Chronicle (TX)

    Members Only Planned Sugar Land museum to tell 'company town' story

    April 27--Bill Little remembers when life in Sugar Land revolved around the Imperial Sugar Co. In 1957, the Ohio native, then 26, moved to Sugar Land to work in Imperial Sugar's accounting department and soon learned that the company provided much more than a paycheck. Constable services, low-cost housing, the community's shops and a quality high school were provided by the company and ...

  • Apr 26, 04:34 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Detroit suburb limits oil drilling to industrial areas

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb has approved an ordinance that would allow oil and gas wells only as a special use in industrial areas. The Southfield City Council adopted the zoning change Monday in response to a company's plan to explore drilling on land owned by a church. Mayor Ken Siver says oil and gas wells "have no place" in Southfield neighborhoods. Separately, the city is ...

  • Apr 26, 03:29 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only State to draft plan to grow endangered bird's population

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State wildlife officials will draft a plan to help protect an endangered bird species that is part of the grouse family. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1QyWSlb) the white-tailed ptarmigan has been listed as endangered in the state since 1975. Taos County and the New Mexico Game and Fish Department will start drafting a management plan in May. U.S. Forest ...