• Oct 18, 04:50 AM | Providence Journal

    Developers: R.I. Solar Farms on Brownfields Have Advantages

    Oct. 18--NORTH PROVIDENCE -- It's hard these days to find a solar farm in Rhode Island that everybody can like, what with the debate over clearing forestland to make way for vast fields of photovoltaic panels in rural parts of the state. But if there is an ideal, the 2.6-megawatt array on a closed landfill here may be an example. For one, the project built by Warwick-based Southern Sky ...

  • Oct 18, 04:44 AM | Elizabethton Star

    City Must Work to Attract Young Professionals to Fill Workforce Needs of Future

    Part of my job as a planner is to always be thinking about the future of the city 10 or 20 years from today and how the various decisions I, the Planning Commission, City Council, and City Administration make will impact the city in the future. This is like how a business plans strategy and sales over the next five years. Jointly with my tasks as an economic developer, I also consider ...

  • Oct 18, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Flood Plan Puts Parks to Work

    In a bid to prepare Boston for the threat of rising sea levels, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is betting big on waterfront parks as a defense against damaging floods. Walsh on Wednesday rolled out a citywide plan that centers around creating new parks — and making improvements to existing ones — to help plug low-lying spots along Boston’s 47 miles of coastline and to act as a buffer for residential ...

  • Oct 18, 08:29 AM | HotelierMiddleEast.com

    Housing should be seen as essential economic infrastructure, leaders say

    A vaccine. Essential city infrastructure. An economic necessity. Housing is so much more than four walls and roof, agreed business leaders, community members and local officials at a meeting in St. Cloud Wednesday morning. CentraCare Health hosted a discussion on the shortage and high cost of housing in the St. Cloud area, hoping to spur possible community solutions. "There`s no magic ...

  • Oct 18, 06:26 AM | Anaheim Bulletin

    ANAHEIMDisney announces it's pulling the plug on luxury hotel plan

    Plans for a luxury hotel at the west end of Downtown Disney in Anaheim are dead, and the area will remain focused on shopping, dining and entertainment, Walt Disney Co. officials announced last week. Disney had started this summer emptying out businesses, including Rainforest Cafe and ESPN Zone, to make way for the hotel expected to lure business and pleasure travelers seeking high-end ...

  • Oct 18, 05:52 AM | Boulder City Review

    New signs on interstate expected to help boost city's economy

    More signage will be added to Interstate 11 by the end of the year to highlight ways into town, a city official said at a recent town hall meeting. Since the 15-mile stretch of interstate running from Henderson to Hoover Dam opened in August, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada have received complaints about confusing signage ...

  • Oct 18, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Board approves long-range transportation plan for region

    Oct. 18--A new regional transportation plan approved Wednesday by a group of officials from the Washington, D.C., region includes plans for managed toll lanes on Interstates 270 and 495, among more than 600 highway and transit projects around the region. The Visualize 2045 plan was approved by the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The plan ...

  • Oct 18, 03:43 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Court rejects suit to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

    The California Supreme Court rejected a conservation group's lawsuit Wednesday seeking to drain Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a source of water for San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area communities. Restore Hetch Hetchy, a Berkeley group, argued in its suit that the location of the dam and reservoir, which flooded a valley in the park after construction in 1923, violates a provision of ...

  • Oct 18, 03:43 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Oakland to repeal housing loitering law

    Oakland officials moved to scrap a decades-old city law that prohibits loitering on city public housing property, following a tenant lawsuit calling the ordinance racially discriminatory and unconstitutional. The Oakland City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to overturn the ordinance, which has been on the books since 1983. The repeal will go into effect once the council passes the ...

  • Oct 18, 02:37 AM | Cheektowaga Bee

    Cost-saving measures crucial in town's tentative 2019 budget

    I recently submitted my tentative 2019 budget to the Town Board. This is the culmination of months of hard work and collaboration with residents, department heads and town officials. The tentative budget totals $92,639,171, an increase of $1,288,838 from last year. The tax levy would increase by 1.1 percent, way below the New York State- mandated tax cap and lower than many surrounding towns. ...

  • Oct 18, 01:12 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Big Island panel advances vacation rental regulations

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island panel has advanced a measure that would prohibit short-term vacation rentals in residential and agricultural zones. West Hawaii Today reports the Hawaii County Council Planning Committee approved the measure's fifth draft Tuesday after the ordinance has been in the works for over a year. The measure allows rentals in hotel and resort zones as well as commercial ...

  • Oct 18, 12:49 AM | Contra Costa Times

    Delta's largest wetlands restoration project kicks off in Oakley

    Oct. 18--More than 1,000 acres of unused farmland in East Contra Costa County are slowly being converted back to the vibrant wetlands they once were in what's hailed as the largest tidal marsh restoration project ever in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project, which recently broke ground, is the California Department of Water Resources' first ...

  • Oct 17, 10:22 PM | Daily Pilot

    Costa Mesa council reaffirms permit for marijuana business and removes restriction on operating hours

    Oct. 17--Calling it an issue of consistency and fairness, Costa Mesa City Council members Tuesday unanimously reaffirmed the Planning Commission's approval of a permit for a marijuana manufacturing and distribution facility and went a step further by removing a restriction on its operating hours. The Planning Commission last month awarded Pivot Naturals LLC a conditional use permit to operate ...

  • Oct 17, 10:08 PM | News & Observer

    Raleigh is attracting more hotels, but are they the right ones?

    Oct. 17--RALEIGH -- From downtown Raleigh to the Beltline, a string of developers has submitted plans in recent weeks for large hotel projects. It's a continuing trend for the city, which has steadily been creating a more diverse offering of lodging options in the past few years. Some of the newest proposed hotels include: * A nine-story hotel near Nash Square at the southwest corner of West ...

  • Oct 17, 07:49 PM | Aiken Standard

    County Planning Commission to discuss tiny houses during work session Thursday

    Oct. 17--The Aiken County Planning Commission will discuss tiny houses during a work session at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Aiken County Government Center's Sandlapper Room. A meeting of the Planning Commission in the same location will follow at 6 p.m. During the Planning Commission's Sept. 20 meeting, the county's new planning and development director, Joel Duke, talked to the panel about tiny ...

  • Oct 17, 07:03 PM | Associated Press

    The Latest: Officials deny $2 billion transit center lawsuit

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits over a $2 billion transit terminal in San Francisco (all times local): 4 p.m. The agency in charge of a troubled $2 billion San Francisco transit terminal is fighting back against a lawsuit filed by the general contractor that managed the project's construction. The joint venture of Webcor Builders and Obayashi Corp. filed the lawsuit Tuesday in San ...

  • Oct 17, 04:44 PM | Erie Times-News

    Hop on board this cool, curved showcase of sustainabilityBy Sandy Deneau Dunham / The Seattle Times

    WEB STORY SEATTLE - Like a good neighbor, Michelle Lanker and her husband, Bill Bloxom, take community considerations to heart. They live in a distinctively designed floating home on Lake Union, where their fellow water-top dwellers form "a very tight-knit community," she says. "A lot of these folks have been here for years." Bill included. He once owned a turn-of-the-century floating home at ...

  • Oct 17, 04:35 PM | Times Union

    Members Only Albany residents rally to oppose apartment complex on Western Avenue

    Oct. 18--ALBANY -- Those opposed to a planned apartment complex on Western Avenue are encouraging others to speak out as the developer is poised to present a revised version of the project to the city Planning Board on Thursday. A call to action recently has been circulating, urging city residents to speak out against the project during the Albany Planning Board meeting as well as contact ...

  • Oct 17, 04:05 PM | Hartford Courant

    Historic Designation A Key To Manchester Mill Conversion

    Oct. 17--A 19th century textile mill was recently listed on the State Register of Historic Places, a designation that makes the property eligible for conversion into senior apartments. The Connecticut Historic Preservation Council placed the Glastonbury Knitting Co. Mill No. 3 on the register this month. In April, the planning and zoning commission approved a "multi-family historic mill ...

  • Oct 17, 09:20 AM | The Cupertino Courier

    Santa Clara County to Start Tackling Stanford's Ambitious Expansion Plans

    Oct. 17--Stanford's proposal for a massive expansion that could see the university build 3,150 housing units and develop 2.275 million square feet of new academic facilities over the next 17 years cleared an early hurdle Tuesday. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, which oversees planning in unincorporated areas, unanimously agreed to start negotiating terms of that expansion with ...

  • Oct 16, 08:37 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only Mayor Bottoms Names Atlanta's First Chief Housing Officer

    Oct. 16--Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday announced the appointment of the city's first chief housing officer, a new cabinet position tasked with helping the mayor fulfill one of her most ambitious campaign pledges. Terri Lee, a well-respected senior city executive and current deputy commissioner in the city's Department of Planning and Community Development, will serve as ...

  • Oct 17, 08:04 AM | Johnson City Press

    A Tax Plan for Downtown Revitalization

    An attorney who specializes in tax increment financing told local government officials Tuesday that TIFs are a key economic development tool in revitalizing distressed downtowns across Tennessee. "The use of TIFs for downtown redevelopment is pretty common," Mark Mamantov, an attorney with the Knoxville law firm Bass, Berry and Sims, told a TIF workshop for county and municipal leaders from ...

  • Oct 17, 08:13 AM | The Batavian

    Batavia now has three vacant big box locations to fill but Batavia Downs has interest in Kmart location

    For the third time in 13 months, Batavia is losing a big box store -- Office Max; Bed, Bath & Beyond; and now Kmart -- and given the nation's retail trends, it's by no means certain any of these vacant buildings will be filled any time soon. The last time a big box closed prior to this spate of going-out-of-business sales, it took the landlord only a year to replace Lowe's with Dick's Sporting ...

  • Oct 17, 08:10 AM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Never mow another lawn! Ten steps you can take to combat global warming.

    A U.N. climate change report this month declared the world to be in danger of losing the battle against global warming if extreme measures are not adopted in the next decade. The report set off a new round of bickering between Trump administration officials and lawmakers. But as world leaders ponder whether and how to save the world, how can ordinary people contribute? Americans produce an ...

  • Oct 17, 06:07 AM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Opposition mounting for plans to demolish buildings near Pittsburgh's Garden Theater

    Oct. 17--Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority is running into familiar opposition for its latest plan to redevelop the North Side's Garden Theater block. The same people who stopped a developer from incorporating three existing buildings into a residential high-rise at North Avenue and Federal Street now oppose planned demolition on the block. The latest plan for the block include ...

  • Oct 17, 02:01 AM | The Brooklyn Paper

    Split decision: Vote on Downtown tower galvanizes board before majority pans project

    It's an "aye" toward compromise. Community Board 2's full board last week outright rejected a developer's request to rezone Fulton Street land in order to erect a 40-story tower - but not before the civic guru who cast the lone vote in favor of the 80 Flatbush megadevelopment when the full board voted against it earlier this year urged his colleagues to follow suit this time around, arguing ...

  • Oct 17, 02:00 AM | Cato at Liberty: Blog

    Airbnb and Neighborhood Conflict

    This month the Washington, D.C. Council voted unanimously in favor of preliminary approval of a bill that has the potential to substantially restrict Airbnb and other short-term rentals in the District. The bill, which must pass a final vote before being officially approved, creates new licensing requirements and imposes new limits on who can rent out their spare rooms or homes and for how ...

  • Oct 17, 12:48 AM | US Official News

    Members Only GSD's Ann Forysth named editor of Journal of the American Planning Association.

    Cambridge: The Harvard University of Massachusetts has issued the following news release: American Planning Association (APA), a membership and education organization with more than 40,000 members, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD), are very pleased to announce the selection of the new editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA). Professor Ann ...

  • Oct 16, 09:53 PM | Orlando Sentinel

    Plan seeks 800-plus homes, more at Gem Groves site in Horizon West

    Oct. 16--A joint-venture applicant has filed plans for 485 single-family homes and 370 multifamily units as well as commercial sites on approximately 258 acres near Avalon Road and Flemings Road at the Gem Groves property in west Orange County. A planned-development and land-use plan filed with the county also shows a location for commercial buildings totaling 136,598 square feet along Avalon ...

  • Oct 16, 08:38 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only Gwinnett one step closer to owning site once pitched as movie campus

    Oct. 16--Gwinnett County is one step closer to owning the Norcross-area property once pitched as the possible site of a sprawling movie production campus. Gwinnett's county commissioners voted Tuesday to authorize up to $36.5 million in bonds for the purchase of 100-plus acres at the OFS Brightwave Solutions site, just off I-85 near Jimmy Carter Boulevard. County officials plan to market to ...

  • Oct 16, 05:02 PM | The Springfield Republican

    Members Only Village receives ‘Great Places' designation

    Organization cites ‘character, quality and planning' Shelburne Falls and Lowell's Canal District will be recognized as some of America's "Great Places" by the American Planning Association. The "Great Places in America" program recognizes neighborhoods and areas across the country that are of "exceptional character, quality and planning," including those that are inspirational, that enrich ...

  • Oct 16, 04:07 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Coronado's $22 million downtown project beginning to take shape

    Oct. 16--New design plans for Coronado's $22 million commercial development on Orange Avenue shed more light on the project's future. Renderings dubbed "The Shops at Coronado" show a dramatic transformation for the interior of the block between Tenth Street and C Avenue. What is currently an empty and fenced-off lot filled with weeds and trash would become a usable outdoor patio with a canopy ...

  • Oct 16, 03:12 PM | Huntsville Item

    County finalizes Texas Grand Ranch expansion

    Oct. 16--A plat note and infrastructure plans for a new section of Texas Grand Ranch were approved by the Walker County Commissioners Court in a special session on Monday. The plats were approved last week by the court, calling for the addition of 78 lots to the residential neighborhood. This eighth section of the new development is a split section that will surround two established sections ...

  • Oct 16, 04:00 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Boxford voters to decide on building projects

    Boxford voters will consider authorizing $24.5 million for a series of building projects at a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The facilities master plan calls for building a new Department of Public Works garage, and constructing additions to the Community Center/Council on Aging building and the town library, according to Town Administrator Alan J. Benson. If the Special Town ...

  • Oct 15, 12:09 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    'Monster houses' bill is criticized as not addressing the cause of the problem

    Oct. 15--The draft of a bill designed to crack down on Oahu's illegal large-scale houses, or so-called monster homes, is already drawing fire -- and it hasn't even gotten its first public hearing. The influential Building Industry Association of Hawaii said the Department of Planning and Permitting's proposal misses the mark, addressing symptoms of the problem but not the cause. Marshall ...

  • Oct 16, 09:49 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Why a Private Landowner Is Fighting to Keep the Homeless on His Property

    AKRON, Ohio — In the early days, Sage Lewis admits, the homeless encampment he allowed on his property was like “the wild, wild West.” Residents drank alcohol, built campfires and argued loudly. It smelled bad. Neighbors complained. As the months passed, and as the campsite grew from a few people to a few dozen, Mr. Lewis said conditions improved. Drinking was banned, residents elected their ...

  • Oct 15, 06:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Industrial Market is Hot in Boston, is it Hot Enough to Save the City’s Middle Class?

    High office rents and soaring home prices get the attention, but Greater Boston’s industrial market is also on fire right now. A report out Tuesday from brokerage Colliers International shows the region’s industrial vacancy rate dropping to just below 10 percent. This isn’t the first time: The rate started the year closer to 9 percent. But then the 830,000-square-foot Necco candy factory in ...

  • Oct 15, 01:40 PM | Longview News-Journal

    Study Says to Fix Harvey-Related Housing Damage, Houston Needs $2 Billion More in Federal Funds

    An estimated 130,000 Houstonians affected by Hurricane Harvey were overlooked in the city's original housing needs assessment, according to the Houston Housing and Community Development Department. To fix the previously neglected damage, the city needs an extra $2 billion in federal resources, the agency said in an Oct. 5 report. The $3 billion in federal relief money the city already received ...

  • Oct 16, 10:04 AM | Dayton Daily News

    New plan hopes to revive 'city within a city' along Dayton's North Main corridor

    Oct. 16--After nearly two years of work, the city of Dayton has put together a plan it hopes will make the shops, streets and neighborhoods along North Main Street a cleaner and safer corridor. The corridor is a major north-south artery, home to an estimated 12,300 residents and a gateway into downtown. It was a thriving commercial and residential district through the 1980s, but recent decades ...

  • Oct 16, 10:00 AM | Minnesota Public Radio

    Sears closure in St. Paul presents opportunity for city

    Twin Cities residents who want to shop at Sears soon will have only one option - the Mall of America. In a bid to stay afloat, the once-mighty retailer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is closing dozens more stores nationwide, including one at Ridgedale and another in St. Paul, just north of downtown. The Sears across from the state Capitol has been a fixture on Rice Street ...

  • Oct 16, 06:47 AM | Joplin Globe

    Former Pittsburg smelter site being cleaned up for redevelopment

    Oct. 16--PITTSBURG, Kan. -- Property riddled with toxic heavy metals processed by a zinc-smelting operation on Broadway Street in Pittsburg is being repurposed through coordinated cleanup efforts for use in future commercial development. The city of Pittsburg has partnered with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to clean up the contaminated soil left behind from the Weir City Zinc ...

  • Oct 16, 04:59 AM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only Neighborhood high-rises struck down for now

    A judge on Friday knocked down a new, controversial Newark rule that allowed much taller buildings in a largely residential section of the city - effectively halting a 12-story building planned for the Ironbound. The city ordinance, approved last year, riled local activists who said boosting building heights to 12 and 20 stories was out of character with the rest of the walkable neighborhood. ...

  • Oct 16, 03:43 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only S.F. to bail outhousing agency,prevent evictions

    An audit of the San Francisco Housing Authority has uncovered a deficit that could reach as high as $30 million, a shortfall city officials say they are scrambling to cover by December to protect thousands of low-income families who would face displacement if the funding gap is not filled. The deficit was discovered last week during an audit conducted by the accounting firm BDO and a "quality ...

  • Oct 15, 06:01 PM | Duluth News-Tribune

    St. Louis County gathering input on land use plan

    Oct. 15--St. Louis County's draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan that will provide a blueprint for county land decisions through 2035 is heading into the final steps before approval. St. Louis County staff have been working for two years on drafting the first comprehensive plan encompassing the county's entire zoning jurisdiction. The one new plan will replace 27 plans dating back to the 1970s ...

  • Oct 15, 03:20 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only In Prince George’s, a battle over whether developers must fund school construction

    In the final months of his eight-year tenure, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is battling with the County Council over legislation that touches on two of the county's most hotly debated issues: education and development. The back-and-forth, which led Baker to issue his third-ever veto, began last month, when the council approved a bill allowing it to waive a school ...

  • Oct 15, 12:32 PM | Yakima Herald-Republic

    Yakima has A LOT to talk about: Advisory vote will be taken on plaza project proposed for city parking lot

    Oct. 15--YAKIMA, Wash. -- One of the most-used parking lots in Yakima is arguably the one across from The Capitol Theatre on South Third Street. But that could change if voters say Nov. 6 they want a plaza built on that space. The lot has 194 parking spaces -- many of which are filled on any given day. If the plaza becomes a reality, 140 of those parking spots will be lost -- a major point of ...

  • Oct 15, 12:28 PM | The Horry Independent

    In aftermath of flood, Horry County lawmakers revive interest in Waccamaw River canal project

    Two state lawmakers from Horry County want federal officials to reconsider a decades-old proposal for carving a canal off the Waccamaw River to prevent flooding in Conway. But government agencies and conservation groups panned the project when it was brought up 10 years ago because of concerns about a canal's environmental impact. Public records show some officials feared the project would ...

  • Oct 15, 11:45 AM | Wicked Local Metro

    High rents, online shopping jeopardize Brookline 'mom-and-pops'

    Oct. 15--Brookline officials have begun drafting plans to help local businesses remain in Coolidge Corner after store owners said the shuttering of stores -- most recently the iconic Downtown Shooz -- is a symptom of a larger problem: high rent. This comes at a time when the city's own survey estimates that there are millions of dollars of unrealized retail opportunities in the community. Last ...

  • Oct 15, 11:14 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Help sought for rail project to boost Utah's oil production

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Promoters of a plan to build a 150-mile (241-kilometer) railroad that could possibly quintuple oil production in Utah and create 27,000 jobs are asking the state for help with the project's $1.4 billion price tag. Members of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition are hoping that federal grants will eventually cover the big construction cost. But the Salt Lake Tribune ...

  • Oct 15, 10:10 AM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Why San Diego airport's plan for $3B makeover has drawn an avalanche of criticism

    Oct. 15--More than a decade after voters dashed any hopes of replacing San Diego's cramped one-runway airport, its overseers are going all in on a $3 billion makeover they say will ease air travel for the millions more passengers who will be coming to Lindbergh Field, with or without an expansion. The aging Terminal 1, the centerpiece of what will be the airport's single largest project, would ...

  • Oct 15, 10:06 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Butler County will get $13M in federal funds for these projects

    Oct. 15--BUTLER COUNTY -- Butler County has received federal funding for several major transportation projects. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments awarded more than $41 million to be distributed to 24 transportation projects in its eight-county region. Of that amount, nearly $13 million has been awarded for transportation projects in Butler and Warren counties. "These ...

  • Oct 15, 09:43 AM | Seattle Times

    With light rail coming in 2021, U District is planning for more people moving around the neighborhood

    Oct. 15--Even before the light-rail station opened at Husky Stadium in 2016, Cory Crocker worried about the distance passengers would have to walk between the bus stops and the trains. Bus riders get off on Northeast Pacific Street and then cross busy Montlake Boulevard or take a four-minute walk on a pedestrian overpass before descending 90 feet to the station platform. Crocker wanted better ...

  • Oct 15, 09:11 AM | Carroll County Times

    New housing vouchers available for non-elderly disabled people

    Oct. 15--Beginning Monday, non-elderly people living with a disability in an institutional setting, or with their families or caregivers, can apply for housing vouchers to help them transition to independent living in the community. Carroll County Housing and Community Development, the public housing authority for Carroll County, has received $184,296 in funds from the U.S Department of ...

  • Oct 15, 06:29 AM | HotelierMiddleEast.com

    Proposed Ohio City building to test Cleveland office market

    Search for new office space available in or near downtown Cleveland on CoStar, the online realty data provider, and you`ll find just two smallish spaces in new buildings. One is about 20,000 square feet at Ernst & Young Tower in the Flats, and the other is about 40,000 square feet at Link59 in MidTown Cleveland. In a nutshell that reflects the opening that Chicago-based Harbor Bay Real Estate ...

  • Oct 15, 06:16 AM | Indianapolis Star

    Carmel Garden That Feeds the Hungry Could Get Swallowed By City Development Push

    Oct. 15--CARMEL -- Andrew Fritz, who helps feed the hungry, hopes it doesn't swallow him up. "I'm just worried that as density in the city increases, spaces like this won't fit in," said Fritz, 36, who manages Gleaning Garden on the property of the Monon Square Shopping Center. "The reason I started it was because there wasn't a garden like this downtown providing free fresh produce." The root ...

  • Oct 15, 03:00 AM | The Duke Chronicle (Duke University)

    Members Only The Increasing Gentrification of Durham and How Local Organizations are Fighting It

    On Sept. 22, Durhamites could be found in front of the Durty Bull Brewing Company bidding for everything from fully operational road safety kits to custom-made Harry Potter wizarding wands—all to support Habitat for Humanity and its mission to create affordable housing. After four hours, $1,750 was raised for the Inaugural Community Auction for Afforda“bull” Housing in the Bull City. Durham ...

  • Oct 15, 03:00 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Coastal Resiliency Plan Needs Faster Action, Some Say

    TRENTON - As the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches Oct. 29, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is starting a yearlong planning process to make coastal areas more resilient to storms and sea-level rise. Called the Coastal Resilience Plan, it will collect input from coastal residents, officials and others; as well as advice from coastal scientists and ...

  • Oct 15, 07:25 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Tiny House Ordinance.

    Sacramento: Placer County, The State of California has issued the followin news release: Hello, On October 25, 2018, the Planning Commission will consider the Tiny House Zoning Text Amendment. The proposed Tiny House ordinance will define what a tiny house is and where and how tiny houses would be allowed. The Planning Commission will meet in its Hearing Room located at 3091 County Center ...

  • Oct 15, 06:19 AM | News Chief

    A food truck park in Lakeland? It's coming

    LAKELAND — The city's Mass Market complex, fashioned from a once-blighted block just north of downtown, is expanding to include a fixed food truck park and events venue. If all goes as planned, a 1-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Parker Street will be hosting lawn games, musical entertainment and a cluster of mobile kitchens by fall of 2019. "It's a communal ...

  • Oct 15, 05:11 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Six Years Since Sandy.

    Albany: CUNY The Graduate Center has issued the following news release: This month marks the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which, by the city's estimates, "caused more than $19 billion in damage and lost economic activity, disrupted critical infrastructure systems, and destroyed or seriously impacted thousands of homes and businesses." One of the areas hard hit was the Canarsie ...

  • Oct 15, 03:19 AM | Spokesman-Review

    Getting There: High Drive redo echoes vision of its early planners

    Oct. 15--From forested parkway to South Hill "highway," High Drive has been it all. When the minor neighborhood arterial opens in the next week or so, it begins its next phase of being as a multiuse corridor busy with motorists, runners, cyclists, dog walkers and people parked on benches enjoying the view. In other words, the road will be something like how it was envisioned more than 100 ...

  • Oct 15, 01:10 AM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only City to reassess affordable-housing amendments

    Four of the remaining proposed zoning amendments aimed at incentivizing affordable-housing development in Grand Rapids are getting another look. On Tuesday, the City Commission received a presentation from the West Michigan Center for Technology's Public Agency on the results of four community feedback sessions held in August. Included in the feedback were survey results, which showed support ...

  • Oct 14, 11:00 PM | Oklahoma Daily (University of Oklahoma Norman Camp

    Members Only OU, Norman leaders propose plans to cut costs, reduce CART services

    OU will continue its discussion with the City of Norman at an upcoming meeting regarding short- and long-term plans for the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit System , which will soon offer reduced services in order to cut costs. The CART system has been a loss of revenue for the past two years, and OU’s Parking and Transportation system has been planning a meeting with Norman leaders to decide how ...

  • Oct 14, 06:22 PM | The Advocate

    Lower 9th Ward could become home again with subsidies from New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

    Oct. 14--Lower 9th Ward native Kendall Spears thinks the neighborhood where he grew up got shafted after Hurricane Katrina. The neighborhood suffered the most catastrophic damage of any part of New Orleans from the storm and the subsequent flooding, but Spears doesn't think the allocation of federal or state recovery dollars to the neighborhood reflected that devastation. As a result, too few ...

  • Oct 14, 04:10 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only In a southwest Georgia city, another devastating attack from Mother Nature

    ALBANY, Ga. — It's nickname is "The Good Life City," built on the pecan groves and cotton fields that gave rise to the Deep South's trade. It is far inland — more than 150 miles from Mexico Beach, Fla. — and not exactly the archetype of a place that would face repeated natural disasters. Yet in the past two years, Albany has thrice been hit with devastation: First, a tornado ripped through ...

  • Oct 14, 01:37 PM | Kansas City Star

    A grocery divide: Why do so many stores east of Troost lack healthy food?

    Oct. 14--Denise Brunston lives miles east of Troost Avenue, but when she goes grocery shopping she heads west. Far west. Past the stores that are more convenient to her home and over to the Cosentino's Price Chopper in Brookside. "It's just a part of life," says Brunston, a chemist who is black. "If you want the best of something, you've got to go where the white people are. This includes ...

  • Oct 14, 01:04 PM | Gold Coast Bulletin

    Members Only How light rail’s path is changing suburbs

    SPECIAL light rail mapping used by the council is showing how low-density suburbs along the tram corridor can be rapidly transformed into highrise zones. A “light rail urban renewal map” was a key factor in the city council’s planning committee approving a Main Beach beachfront tower in a medium-density area this week. Planning officers noted “the Main Beach light rail station was ...

  • Oct 14, 12:33 PM | Yakima Herald-Republic

    Sides remain firmly entrenched as vote draws near on future of downtown Yakima

    Oct. 14--Some five years after the citizen survey that led to the proposed Yakima Central Plaza, voters will now decide its fate. A series of community meetings determined the plaza was the right project to kick-start the downtown economy, and a steering committee shaped details about the $12 million proposal. The issue has been controversial. Supporters tout the project's anticipated economic ...

  • Oct 14, 12:20 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Developer heads to court after once-approved project halted

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A developer has gone to court after a planning board in Georgia reversed course a month after approving a housing project. The Greenville News reports that the project had been planned and approved for north Greenville County. But more than 30 opponents showed up at a public meeting in June, complaining that the planned subdivision would perpetuate urban sprawl in an ...

  • Oct 14, 10:00 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Ann Arbor to study keeping chimney for migratory birds

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor will study saving an old chimney as a roosting spot for birds after a group of conservationists pushed for the preservation as other nearby buildings are set to be taken down. City Council unanimously voted earlier this month to have the city administrator evaluate the chimney's structural integrity as part of any redevelopment plans, The Ann Arbor News ...

  • Oct 14, 09:03 AM | Montana Standard

    Local officials look to create a 'clear path' to services until homeless shelter opens

    Oct. 14--On Friday morning, a small group of officials from local religious, social services, health care, and government entities held an emergency meeting to discuss what to do about Butte's ongoing lack of a homeless shelter as winter sets in. "We talked about where we're at and how we're going to work through these cold months and what our overall strategy might be," says Karen Byrnes, ...

  • Oct 14, 08:34 AM | The Record-Eagle

    Voters to decide on proposed skyline addition

    Oct. 14--TRAVERSE CITY -- City voters, empowered to spike or OK any new construction taller than 100 feet since late 2016, will flex that muscle for the first time this Nov. 6 election. That's when they'll decide on City Proposal 1, a ballot question asking them to approve or reject 326 Land Company's proposal to build a 100-foot-tall condominium building at 326 State Street. It differs from ...

  • Oct 14, 04:45 AM | The Herald-Dispatch

    Redevelopment chief calls for more diversification

    Mingo County needs to diversify its economy and at the same time continue to work with the coal industry, according to Leasha Johnson, executive director of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, or MCRA. She was the featured speaker Thursday at the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which was held at Starter's Restaurant. Johnson said the coal industry took a hit during the Obama ...

  • Oct 14, 04:22 AM | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

    Prospects for special legislative session for disaster recovery funds for Puna dwindling

    Mayor Harry Kim continued to hold out hope Friday for a last-minute special session of the state Legislature to approve disaster recovery funding for Puna, even as lawmakers say that window has closed. Kim said the county needs to have a session called by the end of the month before its aid requests in response to the Kilauea eruption become folded into the next regular session that starts in ...

  • Oct 13, 10:53 PM | Star Tribune

    Bring on the bulldozers? Minneapolis officials say that's not in the comp plan

    Oct. 14--Scott Busyn says he doesn't want to bulldoze your neighborhood. President of Edina-based Great Neighborhood Homes, Busyn is among developers who see a business opportunity in Minneapolis' proposal to upzone the entire city and allow for more multiunit housing. But Busyn's vision for building "boutique-style" apartments in residential areas is far from the hellscape that vocal ...

  • Oct 12, 05:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Can Charging Drivers Really Solve the Subway Crisis?

    The idea of charging drivers to enter Manhattan’s busiest neighborhoods has been debated for decades, but it could finally have a real shot in Albany next year. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently called the idea, known as congestion pricing, “the only realistic option” to pay for a major overhaul of the aging subway. Congestion pricing died in Albany earlier this year, but it could take center ...

  • Oct 12, 02:03 AM | The Dorchester Reporter

    City Wants 'Diversity, Inclusion' Plan in All Public Land Bids

    As the city council holds hearings on the most effective ways for Boston to manage and dispense with municipally owned land, Mayor Martin Walsh and planning officials this week announced new equity requirements for public land being put out to bid. The new policy, announced Sunday, would include "criteria to promote diversity and inclusion and prevent displacement" for all Request for ...

  • Oct 11, 09:10 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Encinitas Planners: More Work Needed on Low-Income Housing Requirement

    Oct. 11--Much more research needs to be done before any steps are taken on a proposal to bump up the city's low-income housing construction requirement, the Encinitas planning commissioners declared during a special workshop Tuesday. "I feel like I don't have anywhere near enough information to make the kind of decisions we need to make tonight," Commissioner Jody Hubbard said. An initial ...

  • Oct 12, 07:46 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Delaware mayor's anti-blight proposal stalled again

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware mayor's proposal targeting vacant and blighted properties has again been stalled, by a city council committee. The News Journal reports that Wilmington's Community Development & Urban Planning Committee on Thursday decided to hold the legislation from going before the full council. Following comment from many members of the public who spoke out against Mayor ...

  • Oct 12, 01:42 AM | Natural History

    Members Only Conservation Crossroads: Napa Valley may have reached its capacity, but it has not lost its resolve to preserve its open space and agricultural land.

    Driving through California's Napa Valley fifty years ago, few would have guessed that this sleepy countryside would become the premier winegrowing region of the United States. Fewer still could have imagined that a local group of visionary leaders were promoting a radical idea--to create America's first agricultural preserve. With a Valley floor thirty miles long and up to five miles wide, the ...

  • Oct 12, 01:26 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Officials to convert wing of Seattle jail into shelter

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-area officials say they are planning to convert a wing of a downtown jail into a shelter for the homeless. The Seattle Times reports King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Thursday that the county will transform the Seattle jail's west wing, which previously housed minimum-security inmates. The wing of the King County Correctional Facility was shut down in 2012 ...

  • Oct 11, 06:17 PM | Virginia Gazette

    James City supervisors vote to create regional economic partnership

    Oct. 10--James City County Supervisors took the first step toward working with other localities in a regional economic development partnership Tuesday. The Eastern Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority is intended to allow member localities to pool resources to develop, own and operate facilities -- which could take the form of commercial, residential, recreational or other uses -- ...

  • Oct 11, 06:17 PM | Virginia Gazette

    EDA revisits ideas at how to bring more housing downtown and make it more vibrant

    Oct. 11--The city's Economic Development Authority talked about ways to fine tune its ideas Wednesday on how best to increase housing density in the city's downtown, and how to spend money from the city to make downtown more vibrant. The discussion followed Monday's City Council work session, where EDA chairman Adam Steely presented the board's recommendations on how it will spend $150,000 ...

  • Oct 11, 06:01 PM | Moberly Monitor-Index & Democrat

    Council discusses funding and planning for water infrastructure improvement

    Oct. 11--Some Moberly residents have been boiling a lot more water as the system they depend on for cleaning, drinking and cooking becomes increasingly unreliable. Water main breaks and other issues have become a regular occurrence over the past year, city officials are working to find a long-term solution. Moberly City Council made replacing problem areas within the city's water distribution ...

  • Oct 11, 05:39 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    City of Honolulu may have to repay $8M, HUD warns

    Oct. 11--A local U.S. housing official warned Mayor Kirk Caldwell Wednesday that the city could be forced to repay nearly $8 million for failing to find commercial tenants for the Chinatown Gateway Plaza building on Nuuanu and Hotel streets. At issue is the city's use of $7.9 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to either purchase or make improvements to the rental tower. ...

  • Oct 11, 02:24 PM | Portsmouth Herald

    State awaiting tests on wells around landfillNew round follows lowering of standard for 1,4-dioxane

    GREENLAND - State officials are awaiting other test results conducted on wells near the Coakley landfill that have historically tested above New Hampshire's new groundwater standard for the suspected carcinogen 1,4-dioxane. Andrew Hoffman of DES' Waste Management Division said the state asked the Coakley Landfill Group to test the additional wells after the state lowered its ambient ...

  • Oct 11, 02:14 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    As a girl, she stayed in a Portsmouth homeless shelter. Now she helps run it.

    Oct. 11--PORTSMOUTH -- The maze of bedrooms, amenities and office space still looks a lot like the way Joy Shaffer remembers it. But a lot has changed since her stay nearly three decades ago at what was then known as the city's PARC Family Shelter. At the time, Shaffer's mom was struggling to find a job and a place to live, so Room 4 was home for a month while employees helped them get back on ...

  • Oct 11, 01:07 PM | Voice of America News

    Experts: Urbanization Will Worsen Housing Crisis

    Experts: Urbanization Will Worsen Housing Crisis October 11, 2018 9:45 AM LOS ANGELES - Close to 70 percent of the world's residents will live in cities by the middle of the century, according to recent United Nations figures (https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/2018-revision-of-world-urbanization-prospects.html), and experts warn that an exploding population will exacerbate a ...

  • Oct 11, 12:10 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Honolulu ranked nation's sixth-greenest city

    Oct. 11--Honolulu is ranked No. 6 nationwide in WalletHub's report on 2018's Greenest Cities in America. The personal-finance website compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of sustainability, including greenhouse-gas emissions per capita, number of smart-energy policies and initiatives and green job opportunities as well as percentage of green space. The four key ...

  • Oct 11, 11:02 AM | The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Santa Fe City Council eyes plan to fight climate change

    Oct. 11--Whether or not you believe human-caused climate change is real, Santa Feans are already seeing the effects of a changing planet, from the closing of national forests over the summer because of increased wildfire risks to ski slopes without enough snow to open last winter. While the city of Santa Fe has embarked on several initiatives to reduce the city's carbon footprint over the ...

  • Oct 11, 10:19 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Disney abandons luxury hotel plan after feud with Anaheim

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Walt Disney Co. has abandoned plans for a luxury hotel in the Disneyland Resort's shopping district following a feud with Anaheim officials over tax subsidies. The Orange County Register reports the project had been in limbo since August when the city told Disney that a shift in the location of the project meant it could no longer receive a promised $267 million tax ...

  • Oct 11, 10:04 AM | Dayton Daily News

    This developer wanted to build dozens of homes in Kettering. Now it has 'no interest'

    Oct. 11--KETTERING -- A Columbus-based developer has withdrawn from its second plan to build affordable housing as multi-family units in Kettering and Butler Twp. Spire Development said in a letter to the city of Kettering it was interested in building 60 to 70 apartment units on the vacant property on Swigart Road just east of Wilmington Pike. The company later withdrew that request. "We now ...

  • Oct 11, 09:44 AM | Erie Times-News

    HUD reverses ruling over Erie block grants

    Erie has won a reprieve from the federal government over the city's Community Development Block Grant funding, though the change will not be effective for a year. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has reversed a decision it made in May that forced the city to reallocate hundreds of thousands of dollars in CDBG funding. HUD in May rescinded a 36-year-old policy that allowed the ...

  • Oct 11, 08:33 AM | Decatur Daily

    Lawrence can lure companies, county's new industrial recruiter says

    Oct. 11--MOULTON -- Lawrence County has assets attractive to industry but needs teamwork to lure companies, the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board's new CEO said Wednesday. Tabitha Pace said the Mallard Fox West Industrial Park is a prime site for industries looking to locate in Lawrence County. "Utilities and transportation are there," she said. "We've got some plans to improve the ...

  • Oct 11, 08:18 AM | Worcester Magazine

    Feature: Time to Talk About Gentrification in Worcester

    When Worcester and Pawtucket Red Sox officials announced in late August the team would move from McCoy Stadium and the Providence media market to Worcester, the news was pegged by fans and critics alike as a historically-significant day in the city of Worcester. For City Hall, landing the deal was the end result of a decade or more of steady progress toward a more developed and attractive city ...

  • Oct 11, 07:31 AM | Pantagraph

    Dividing downtown zoning pitched at open house

    Oct. 11--BLOOMINGTON -- A consultant helping with a comprehensive overhaul of Bloomington's zoning ordinance pitched the case Wednesday for carving the the city's 26-block central business district into three smaller zoning districts. "The downtown right now is B-3 -- everything. It's a huge area. In fact, Chicago's Magnificent Mile could fit in your B-3 district," said consultant John Houseal ...

  • Oct 11, 07:19 AM | Niagara Gazette

    Vodka maker granted $300K tax break for Falls facility

    Oct. 11--A pair of companies, one producing vodka and the other emergency response vehicles, advanced in their pursuit of tax breaks on Wednesday. Anat Inc., a Toronto-based spirits company, will pay $300,000 less in property, sales and mortgage recording taxes on a Hyde Park Boulevard property in the City of Niagara Falls over the next 15 years after a unanimous vote of approval from the ...