• Dec 10, 07:45 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Revamped Plan Would Add More Multi-Family Homes to Portland

    An overhaul of a plan to allow more duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes in Portland's residential neighborhoods would result in more new homes than the old version, a new report found. The Residential Infill Project is an initiative launched under former Mayor Charlie Hales to increase density in neighborhoods mostly filled with single-family houses in an effort to reduce the cost of housing. ...

  • Dec 09, 11:00 AM | The Carteret County News-Times

    With Vouchers to Expire, Residents Left in Limbo

    MOREHEAD CITY - Nearly three months after Hurricane Florence, many county residents remain displaced from their homes with little idea of when they can return. For some, that could mean losing out on critical rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Edenbridge Apartments, at 501 Brooks St. in Morehead City, was vacated in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence due ...

  • Dec 08, 04:37 PM | Associated Press

    South Carolina Ups Its Relief Request for Hurricane Florence

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's congressional delegation will be able to ask for more funds to provide relief following Hurricane Florence, thanks to a move by the state's governor. In a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Gov. Henry McMaster told U.S. Rep. Tom Rice that he was increasing the estimate for community development block grant relief from $108 million to $435 ...

  • Dec 10, 06:17 AM | Philly.com

    How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger | Opinion

    Dec. 10--Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church has been part of the residential fabric of the Cobbs Creek community since it was built in 1905. Its gray stone walls rise high above the neighborhood, its majestic stained-glass windows stir the soul. Over the years, though, the world has changed dramatically, impacting the church’s size and resources. Once a congregation of 700, Wharton-Wesley ...

  • Dec 10, 02:17 AM | Rocky Mount Telegram

    City to take public input on land plan

    City residents are invited to provide input at a meeting this week on an upcoming redevelopment project. The goal of the Thursday meeting is to compile input that will be used to create a plan to guide expected redevelopment along the Atlantic-Arlington Land Use Corridor. The redevelopment planning area extends from Grand Avenue to East Raleigh Boulevard, said Brad Kerr, the city’s director of ...

  • Dec 10, 09:17 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Affordable Housing on a Megachurch Parking Lot? This Brooklyn Pastor Hopes So

    [What you need to know to start the day:Get New York Today in your inbox.] On Sundays, hundreds of cars squeeze into the 10-acre parking lot of a sprawling megachurch in East New York, Brooklyn, that caters to the largest evangelical congregation in the city. Other days, the expansive lot — part blacktop, part gravel — mostly sits empty in one of the poorest pockets of the city. For decades, ...

  • Dec 09, 09:54 PM | The Enterprise

    Brockton seizes tallest building in downtown

    BROCKTON – The tallest building in downtown has a new owner. The Brockton Redevelopment Authority, a quasi-public agency contracted by the city, executed an eminent domain taking Thursday to gain ownership of the eight-story, 113-year-old Brockton Furniture Building at Centre and Montello streets. The BRA then immediately turned it over to a developer, 93 Centre LLC, in order to transform the ...

  • Dec 09, 08:02 PM | Gazette

    Johnson County cities to get updated bicycle master plan

    Dec. 09--CORALVILLE -- The Iowa City metro area soon will be cycling into a new era for its bicycle policy, programming and infrastructure. The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County is putting together a new Metro Area Bicycle Master Plan to guide improvements that would make cycling safer, easier and more convenient in Coralville, North Liberty, University Heights, Tiffin and ...

  • Dec 09, 10:28 AM | Culpeper Star-Exponent

    Big crowd turns out to debate proposed Spotsylvania solar facility

    People showed up early-some to find a seat and some to protest-for Wednesday night's public hearing on a proposed solar plant in western Spotsylvania County. The turnout of about 300 people for the public hearing at the Holbert Building was the most for a Planning Commission meeting in at least the past 15 years, said county spokeswoman Michelle McGinnis. The room couldn't hold all the ...

  • Dec 09, 09:33 AM | Bellingham Herald

    Some affordable housing in Bellingham is being sold. Here's how that's a good thing

    Dec. 09--Bellingham -- The Bellingham Housing Authority will sell 24 houses and use the anticipated $7-plus million in proceeds to help finance the redevelopment of the former Aloha Motel property. Located on North Samish Way in Bellingham and once a magnet for crime, the Aloha site is being turned into a mix of affordable housing -- a total of 160 apartments and townhouses -- and offices and ...

  • Dec 09, 08:40 AM | The Springfield Republican

    Members Only Planning director resigns

    Ruben Flores-Marzan held post for less than 2 years The town's planning and community development director, Ruben Flores-Marzan, announced he is resigning effective Friday, after less than two years in the position, to accept a new job in Connecticut. Ware selectmen voted 4-1 in January 2017 to confirm Town Manager Stuart Beckley's appointment of Flores-Marzan, whose annual salary was $60,000. ...

  • Dec 09, 05:36 AM | Indian River Press Journal

    Marina mess example of poor planning in Vero Beach

    Parking in Vero's beach shopping district. Leasing Leisure Square, part of Riverside Park and Riverhouse in MacWilliam Park. Selling the city-owned downtown post office building. What to do with city land where the sewer plant and former power plant sit. The future of the former Dodgertown golf course. Add the proposed lease of the city's underperforming marina to the list of unresolved, ...

  • Dec 09, 01:17 AM | News Courier

    Council to consider rezoning proposal at public hearing

    Dec. 08--The public has one more chance to share their thoughts on a possible high-end apartment complex before Athens City Council members vote Monday. A public hearing will take place 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, where developers will present a revised master plan for the development and citizens will have a chance to voice their concerns. The council will then vote on whether or not to ...

  • Dec 08, 08:08 PM | Baltimore Sun

    Pastor who invited Trump to Baltimore hopes president's visit will showcase city as model for revitalization

    Dec. 08--The pastor of an East Baltimore church invited President Donald Trump for what will be his first trip to the city since taking office, hoping to showcase Baltimore as a model for urban revitalization through federal "opportunity zones" and other programs. Trump is expected to meet Wednesday with the Rev. Donte L. Hickman, pastor of the 4,000-member Southern Baptist Church, and other ...

  • Dec 08, 05:18 PM | Fayetteville Observer

    No train horns? Other cities call it a good idea

    Dec. 08--A Fayetteville councilman has taken heat since proposing to silence train horns through downtown, but officials in other communities with similar "quiet zones? say the public has embraced it. "It's been a positive thing in Salisbury," said Wendy Brindle, the city engineer in the Rowan County community that established a quiet zone nearly three years ago. She said Salisbury had to put ...

  • Dec 08, 04:22 PM | Palm Beach Daily News

    Members Only New zoning director has an eye toward reform.(A Section)

    Byline: William Kelly, Daily News Staff Writer Joshua Martin has built an impressive resume, in both the public and private sectors, in the world of community development and urban planning and design. Martin, 42, was most recently a senior advisor to the mayor of Charleston, S.C., before becoming Palm Beach's director of planning and zoning. In August, he quietly assumed the seat vacated by ...

  • Dec 08, 08:15 AM | The Islands' Weekly

    Vacation rental crack down in the San Juans

    More than 40 people have paid nearly $58,000 in penalties since new vacation rental rules became effective in March.

  • Dec 08, 08:08 AM | Herald and News

    The poor are getting ‘priced out of Charlotte’ by an out-of-state company, critics say

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (TNS) — Over the last decade, out-of-state rental companies have bought thousands of houses across Charlotte, raising rents in a city already struggling with a shortage of affordable housing. For Angela Campbell the news still came as a shock earlier this year: Her landlord, Tricon American Homes, would not renew her lease even though, she said, she paid the $900 rent on time, ...

  • Dec 07, 04:44 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Feds sue New Orleans-area parish over housing discrimination

    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — Federal officials filed a lawsuit Thursday against a New Orleans-area parish, accusing it of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating against people with disabilities. The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department in New Orleans federal court says St. Bernard Parish failed to provide reasonable accommodations to its zoning ordinance, as officials ...

  • Dec 08, 05:48 AM | Gulf Times

    With rents on the rise, Meriden Housing Authority ups subsidy

    The Meriden Housing Authority Board of Commissioners recently voted to increase the subsidies for Section 8 housing, citing an uptick in local rental prices. All the new development means the rents are going up, said Executive Director Robert Cappelletti. Thats a good thing for the city. The increased rates represent the ceiling the MHA will pay to landlords for its section 8 tenant vouchers ...

  • Dec 08, 05:20 AM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    Restrictions eased against St. Paul homeless shelter in settlement

    Dec. 08--A St. Paul homeless shelter that moved from downtown to a residential section on the city's east side has reached a settlement with the city, allowing them to avoid some strict restrictions on how many people they can serv, and what they have to do to serve them. Next week, the city council will vote on their settlement with Listening House, which was approved by court order last ...

  • Dec 08, 03:46 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Plan offers ideas for improving Washington region's transportation

    Dec. 08--Improving the Washington region's transportation network will take a comprehensive approach that reaches across jurisdictional boundaries and considers a variety of transportation options, according to a recently released report by a group of business leaders from across the greater Washington, D.C., region. The Greater Washington Partnership's "Capital Region Blueprint for Regional ...

  • Dec 08, 03:46 AM | Frederick News-Post

    More than just office uses now allowed in city's professional business zone after split vote

    Dec. 08--Communities where residents can walk or bike to work, go to a gym to work out at lunchtime, and walk or bike home, all without setting foot in a motor vehicle, are the hopeful future some have for the city of Frederick. To help facilitate that, three of the five members of the city's Board of Aldermen -- bucking concerns about the potential of increased traffic and strains on ...

  • Dec 08, 01:55 AM | National Real Estate Investor

    NYC Comptroller Says De Blasio Housing Plan Fails the Poor

    (Bloomberg)—New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing program has not benefited enough of the city’s lower-earning working and homeless families and requires a massive infusion of money to achieve its aims, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said. The mayor has set a goal of building or preserving 300,000 “affordable” units by 2026 as one of his signature programs. Its strategy relies on ...

  • Dec 07, 10:47 PM | Times

    Environmental cleanup proposed ahead of Gary's City Methodist Church 'ruins garden' project

    Dec. 07--GARY -- The historic City Methodist Church, plagued by human health threats, must be remediated before the city can transform the architectural gem into a European-style ruins garden and tourist attraction, records show. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and Gary Redevelopment Commission are seeking public comment through Jan. 4 on the three environmental cleanup ...

  • Dec 07, 08:32 AM | Morning Call

    Road Warrior: Is Biking or Walking to Work in the Lehigh Valley's Future?

    Dec. 07--If you hate your morning commute, would you consider a walk instead? Or a bike ride? I'm not suggesting you quit your job and enjoy a brisk morning stroll, as pleasant as that might sound. But instead of being secluded in steel box, hurtling down the street at high speeds next to stressed out people doing the exact same thing, would you jump on a bike and pedal? For the first time, ...

  • Dec 07, 05:33 AM | Waco Tribune-Herald

    Housing, Employment Continue to Drive Local Economy

    Housing and jobs remain heroes of the Greater Waco economy, with almost 2,500 homes changing hands through October and the jobless rate plummeting to 3.2 percent, according to a report released this week. Amarillo-based economist Karr Ingham, who analyzes local sectors to prepare a monthly snapshot called the Greater Waco Economic Index, said hotel revenue, general construction and retail ...

  • Dec 07, 02:50 AM | USA Today

    Members Only Maria's Economic Toll on Puerto Rico: Tens of Billions

    The latest report from Puerto Rico's planning board paints a grim picture, estimating the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island's economy at $43billion, $1 billion more than the original assessment.A local economist says the actual number could be more than three times that amount.As the U.S. territory tries to recover from the devastation inflicted by two major hurricanes in the same month ...

  • Dec 07, 08:33 AM | Decatur Daily

    Local officials want to change Morgan County's special tax zone

    Dec. 07--Local officials are unhappy the opportunity for a special federal tax break has been limited to one area of Decatur and Morgan County. The federal tax law overhaul a year ago allowed selected low-income areas to be designated as "qualified opportunity zones" in which a capital gains tax can be deferred for 10 years if it is rolled into an investment in these areas. The Alabama ...

  • Dec 07, 07:30 AM | Associated Press

    US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming. The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official U.S. government delegation. ...

  • Dec 07, 03:50 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Residents think there’s something fishy about a proposed salmon farm in Maine

    BELFAST, Maine — With eiders and loons bobbing beside her on the bay, bald eagles above and seals below, Amy Grant recalled how the coast here used to be lined with the blood and guts of thousands of chickens and sardines. As she passed the now-closed canneries and processing plants, her rowboat drifted to a stop near the outfall of the Little River, where a proposed new factory would release ...

  • Dec 07, 01:01 AM | Kalamazoo Gazette

    Members Only Downtown Kalamazoo to reinvest $66 million in tax revenue by 2048

    KALAMAZOO - A new economic growth authority expects to leverage $66 million in state and local taxes to boost business in downtown Kalamazoo during the next 30 years. Monday, the Kalamazoo City Commission approved a plan to reinvest tax revenue collected from increases in the value of downtown property. It outlines how funds will be spent on public infrastructure, support for local business ...

  • Dec 06, 10:15 PM | Miami Herald

    Miami-Dade OKs another plan to extend Metrorail north. Next up: Find the money

    Dec. 07--Miami-Dade has been planning to build a rail line north toward Broward County for decades, and on Thursday a county transportation board voted to approve the concept of a 13-mile elevated route along Northwest 27th Avenue and to figure out how much it costs at a later date. "I'm here once again to talk about the north corridor," former Miami-Dade commissioner Betty Ferguson, who ...

  • Dec 06, 10:12 PM | News & Observer

    Richer people are moving to Durham. Here's how that will change housing.

    Dec. 07--DURHAM -- The average new resident in Durham makes $13,000 more a year than current residents, and that new resident likely wants to live downtown. But there's not enough housing supply downtown and right outside it, Durham Planning Department Director Pat Young said. So those wealthier new Durhamites move into neighborhoods that ring downtown, or further out into "stable middle class ...

  • Dec 06, 08:37 PM | The Record-Eagle

    Tree ordinance drafts create confusion

    Dec. 06--TRAVERSE CITY -- Melissa Sole hoped a recent Traverse City Planning Commission meeting would clear up what her city leaders proposed for limiting how trees could be cut for new development in city limits. She came away more confused than before, she professed. She cautioned planners to craft rules that people would want to follow. "As a property owner, I love trees, other than the ...

  • Dec 06, 07:54 PM | Seattle Times

    After 12 years of more talk than action, work on Bellingham's central waterfront is finally underway

    Dec. 06--AT ONE OF the many new local brewpubs -- locals stopped counting after the first dozen -- wisecracking skeptics up in the Fourth Corner might be tempted to write off the spendy, long-delayed Bellingham waterfront redevelopment project as a cruel joke, sprung on graying-hippie local residents by fleeing captains of industry: "Want your precious natural waterfront, free of our toxins ...

  • Dec 06, 07:16 PM | High Point Enterprise

    City utility access spurs growth

    Dec. 06--HIGH POINT -- A decision made by city leaders five years ago could be one of the keys to a developer's plan to build 600 housing units northwest of High Point. The City Council in October 2013 agreed to extend water and sewer service to Ralph Lauren Corp.'s distribution center, which was then in the planning stages and was described as the first phase of a corporate park at Interstate ...

  • Dec 06, 06:34 PM | Press-Republican

    City session reveals public preferences for riverfront, streetscape

    Dec. 06--PLATTSBURGH -- A pedestrian plaza, splash park and ice rink came up at the first of several City of Plattsburgh public workshops dedicated to discussing downtown streetscape improvements and riverfront access. Both projects, as part of the city's $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative, have been allotted portions of the project's state funds. Downtown streetscapes improvements ...

  • Dec 06, 04:28 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only With Hoopla and Murals, Crystal City Welcomes Amazon

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Over the past few months, murals had started appearing on a fence surrounding an empty brick warehouse in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington. Sporting geometric shapes and adorned with hanging bicycles, the murals also displayed aspirational slogans in big black letters like “What If?” and “Why Not?” On Tuesday, Virginia government officials opened the gates to the lot ...

  • Dec 06, 03:08 PM | The New Hampshire (University of New Hampshire)

    Members Only “Before I Die” project lands in Durham

    Contemporary anxieties have a formidable adversary. On Wednesday night, the Memorial Union Student Organization presented participatory public artist Candy Chang to the University of New Hampshire community. Chang uses public space, such as abandoned buildings, as canvases of hope. Her global “Before I Die” project allows people to write in responses with chalk on public murals. Chang spoke ...

  • Dec 06, 12:54 PM | Charlotte Observer

    The poor are getting 'priced out of Charlotte' by a single company, critics say

    Dec. 05--Over the last decade, out-of-state rental companies have bought thousands of houses across Charlotte, raising rents in a city already struggling with a shortage of affordable housing. For Angela Campbell the news still came as a shock earlier this year: Her landlord, Tricon American Homes, would not renew her lease even though, she said, she paid the $900 rent on time, in full, every ...

  • Dec 06, 12:00 PM | Global Railway Review

    2018: A year of progress and change for California's high-speed rail project

    California has long set the pace for America Its innovative spirit and willingness to invest in tomorrow is part of what makes California the economic powerhouse that it is. With a population of 40 million and a $2.5 trillion economy - the world's fifth largest - California is taking bold steps today toward implementing the country's first true high-speed rail system of tomorrow. When Phase 1 ...

  • Dec 06, 11:38 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Michigan officials hope to redevelop Henry Ford mills

    DETROIT (AP) — County officials in southeastern Michigan want to redevelop historic Henry Ford mills to create a more vibrant parks system. Wayne County officials hope the project along the Middle Rouge River will bring more visitors into Hines Park, which features hiking trails, pocket parks and ponds, The Detroit Free Press reported . "The ability to connect the parks and make the parks more ...

  • Dec 06, 11:08 AM | Miami Herald

    Here's the first set of public projects Miami is planning with voter-approved bond

    Dec. 06--A re-imagined waterfront along flood-prone Brickell Bay Drive. Renovated playgrounds in Overtown and Allapattah. Upgrades to nearly four miles of some of the worst roads in Miami. City administrators have released a long-awaited list of the first round of improvements to be funded by the $400 million Forever Bond, approved by voters in the November 2017 election. Voters gave their ...

  • Dec 06, 10:15 AM | Daily Camera

    CU Boulder diverting more than half its trash from landfills for the first time

    Dec. 06--Kaitlyn Ogden tipped a cart filled with plastic and aluminum containers into an opening in the floor, where they tumbled into a larger container that would be trucked away for recycling. The University of Colorado senior then returned to a conveyer belt, where she and a fellow student used a hockey stick and their hands to sort incoming materials at CU's Recycling Operations Center. ...

  • Dec 06, 06:47 AM | Joplin Globe

    Liberty-Empire, counties sign deals in wind-energy plan

    Dec. 06--Liberty Utilities-Empire District is making preparations for the completion of its plan for wind generation of electricity. The utility has signed agreements with four county governments in the area regarding infrastructure repairs and upgrades that may be necessary throughout the construction of wind turbines. Barton, Jasper, Lawrence and Dade counties have entered into contracts ...

  • Dec 06, 08:06 AM | The Herald-Mail

    Hurricane Maria's economic impact on Puerto Rico: At least $43 billion, possibly as high as $159 billion

    The latest report from Puerto Rico's planning board paints a grim picture, estimating the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island's economy at $43 billion, $1 billion more than the original assessment. A local economist says the actual number could be far larger, at least three times bigger. As the U.S. territory tries to recover from the devastation inflicted by two major hurricanes in the ...

  • Dec 06, 07:16 AM | Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota)

    Members Only University Housing Forum Tackles 2040 Plan

    Students had a chance to question housing experts about one of the most controversial issues in Minneapolis’ overarching city plan at a Tuesday forum on campus. Housing policy was spotlighted at the event hosted by University of Minnesota undergraduates at Mondale Hall for a public policy class. Panelists included housing officials and advocates, who fielded queries about what the future of ...

  • Dec 06, 01:28 AM | The Cape Cod Chronicle

    Plan Board Urged To Place Limits On Accessory Dwellings

    CHATHAM – At two public forums last week, residents encouraged the planning board to move forward with a zoning amendment allowing accessory dwelling units in single-family homes, but recommended that limits be placed on the number of units allowed annually and suggested that the language of the bylaw be tightened to prevent abuse. Support was not unanimous, however, with several residents ...

  • Dec 06, 08:38 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Detroit investor clears nearly $14M in blighted property flip

    Dec. 06--A Detroit real estate investor recently scored a lucrative property flip, selling for $16 million a long-vacant building near downtown that he bought 11 years ago for $2.3 million. Businessman Dennis Kefallinos this summer sold the T-shaped tower at 1401 Rivard in the city's Lafayette Park to Novi-based Ginosko Development Co. The eight-story structure, which dates to the early 1950s, ...

  • Dec 06, 06:02 AM | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

    Plan Lubbock 2040 headed to City Council

    Dec. 06--Lubbock's much discussed comprehensive plan is heading to the City Council for a final verdict. Over a year in the making, Plan Lubbock 2040 was crafted by an appointed board of more than 30 Lubbock citizens working with hired consultants. The board ultimately approved a 230-page final report that recommends public action in certain areas, and ranks city priorities. It's a significant ...

  • Dec 06, 01:25 AM | Centennial Citizen

    Centennial lays out vision for upcoming 20 years with 'NEXT' comprehensive plan

    Centennial isn't 20 years old yet, but in a time of changing development in the Denver metro area, the city is looking toward its next two decades with a plan to guide - rather than stop - the winds of change. Residents have expressed concern about more density coming to the city, as a few comments showed in the more than 2,000 surveys collected for input on the plan. "No more housing! Traffic ...

  • Dec 05, 11:33 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Council backs historic status for just two L.A. Times buildings, clearing way for redevelopment

    Dec. 05--The Los Angeles City Council granted historic-cultural monument status to two former Los Angeles Times buildings in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday -- rejecting a bid by preservationists to include a third structure standing in the path of a proposed real estate development. The unanimous decision removed a potential hurdle to developer Onni Group's plan to redevelop the block near ...

  • Dec 05, 11:21 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    San Rafael approves fair housing ordinance

    Dec. 06--A new San Rafael law designed to protect renters who use housing subsidies such as Section 8 vouchers sailed to victory this week. The San Rafael City Council voted 4-0 on Monday to approve a fair housing ordinance that prohibits landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants based on their source of income. Councilwoman Maribeth Bushey was absent. "For me, this is a slam ...

  • Dec 05, 10:12 PM | News & Observer

    Architect outlines big plans for historic property in Raleigh's Warehouse District

    Dec. 05--RALEIGH -- The Raleigh architects behind notable projects such as the Raleigh Convention Center, the Contemporary Art Museum and the new Union Station have ambitious plans for a one-acre property in downtown's transforming Warehouse District. A new rezoning application from Steve Schuster of the firm Clearscapes asks the city to allow the construction of a building up to 12 stories ...

  • Dec 05, 08:29 PM | Wilsonville Spokesman

    Hearing pits residents against business interests

    Hundreds show up to public hearing about Aurora Airport runway extension grant ------------ Save for a few politicians, the answer to one question could predict with near exact precision whether an individual who testified at the public hearing for a proposed runway extension at the Aurora Airport supported or opposed the idea. "Do you have business ties to the airport?" Out of over 50 people ...

  • Dec 05, 06:25 PM | Wicked Local North

    Residents air opinions on Airbnbs in Marblehead

    Dec. 05--It was posted as a public listening session on short-term rentals, but the Planning Board was hard pressed to get the crowd of 40 or so to believe they weren't there to regulate. "Obviously, you have some sort of regulatory (framework) in mind," said Orne Street resident Donald Rousseau. Planning Board member Robert Schaeffner said short-term rentals, such as Airbnb and VRBOs ...

  • Dec 05, 05:54 PM | National Real Estate Investor

    Former Urban Big-Boxes, Class-B Office Buildings Are Being Converted to Last Mile Industrial Space

    The limited supply of urban industrial inventory available for “last mile” e-commerce distribution space is causing investors and end-users to get creative by repositioning other types of real estate with failed uses or shrinking demand, according to a JLL report, Urban infill: the route to delivery solutions.” The report notes that annual total e-commerce deliveries have more than tripled ...

  • Dec 05, 05:52 PM | The News Eagle

    NIMBY can prevent housing types that are not being implement

    NIMBY can prevent housing types that are not being implemented due to restrictions of zoning codes, citizen opposition, and other reasons. Therefore, there should be a sought after prescription of techniques that can enable affordable housing to be developed. This can come about through such ideas as by-right zoning which recently was discussed in an issues of " Planning", the magazine of the ...

  • Dec 05, 02:07 PM | Star Tribune

    St. Paul council reaches deal on Mayor Carter's budget, with double-digit tax levy increase

    Dec. 05--The typical St. Paul homeowner will pay $67 more in property taxes in 2019, under a deal reached by the City Council and Mayor Melvin Carter to fund next year's budget. When the St. Paul City Council approved a maximum 11.5 percent property tax levy increase in September, council members pledged to get that number down before approving the 2019 budget. They kept their word -- the levy ...

  • Dec 05, 10:41 AM | Roswell Daily Record

    Committee reviews ordinance on rental properties

    The city's Legal Committee last week discussed modifying an existing ordinance to include two articles - one regarding a rental and commercial property maintenance code, with minimum standards; and one regarding rental housing registration. Roswell City Councilors Judy Stubbs, George Peterson and Barry Foster deliberated the specifics and asked hypothetical questions on the changes to the ...

  • Dec 05, 10:14 AM | Jasper County Sun Times

    Lowcountry in 'smart-growth sweet spot'

    Ask my friend, Andy Fishkind, of Andes Rotisserie, about restaurant traffic in his Bluffton Village venue. Open less than a year, the Rotisserie is packed every day for lunch and also for dinner on the evenings they are serving. They are also doing cooking classes with Chefs Matt and Nelly that are at capacity a few days after opening of registration. Fortunately for all of us, the USCB ...

  • Dec 05, 08:02 AM | The Bakersfield Californian

    As Bakersfield is bolstered by Measure N, state could add to cash influx by bringing back urban renewal and affordable housing program

    Dec. 05--Measure N -- the one percent sales tax increase -- was a major win for city officials as well as those hoping to see improvements to Bakersfield's quality of life. If a bill being considered by the state legislature comes to pass, even more cash could be coming the city's direction for use in redeveloping neglected parts of Bakersfield and creating affordable housing. State ...

  • Dec 05, 05:57 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Metro poised to open 2,200 acres for development If the proposals are accepted, it would be the first expansion since 2014 and the largest since 2002

    The Metro Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to open 2,200 acres in Washington and Clackamas counties for development. The council is poised to accept expansion proposals in Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City and Wilsonville. Together, they are expected to account for 6,100 new houses and 3,100 apartments. It would be the first expansion of the urban growth area since 2014. It's the ...

  • Dec 05, 04:23 AM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only For a struggling city, a new glimmer of hope Water

    American Water Works Co. held a grand opening Tuesday for its new Camden headquarters, the first project to reach completion on a 26-acre waterfront development site seen as key to the struggling city's revitalization. The company has 14 million customers in 46 states and bills itself as the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility. American Water previously had corporate ...

  • Dec 05, 03:48 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Thurmont to implement planning and zoning fees

    Dec. 05--Thurmont will soon implement planning and zoning fees for anyone planning to build or add to an existing structure in town. The five fee categories will go into effect on Jan. 1, according to Jim Humerick, the town's chief administrative officer. The town does not have currently planning and zoning fees in place. The new fees are based on those in other municipalities. "When we look ...

  • Dec 05, 08:12 AM | Bourne Courier

    New Flood Zone Could Lead to Property Upgrades

    The canal tide washes one way, and some Main Street west-end basements along the commercial strip fill with water. The tide washes another way, and the basements are left dank and wet. This has evolved for years, leaving some stores musky and moldy along the stretch of street where redevelopment prospects now unfold. Some structures have been condemned and removed, while others may still face ...

  • Dec 04, 06:18 PM | Stateline.org

    Rent Control Is Making a Comeback. But Is That a Good Idea?

    Nov. 28--Nov. 28--Protesters in the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. In March, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation extending rent regulation laws through April 2021. Mark Lennihan/The Associated Press After decades of being dismissed by economists as a has-been, rent control is making a comeback. It's a high-stakes resurgence, fueled by a rapidly worsening housing ...

  • Dec 04, 11:21 AM | Philly.com

    How Two Brothers Use the Land Bank to Build Homes Working Philadelphians Can Afford

    When Arthur N. Green arrived in Philadelphia's West Poplar neighborhood in 1990, he was homeless and struggling with addiction, spending nights in and out of abandoned houses that withered along empty streets. The blocks were vacant, he said, "trashy." "There was all kinds of debauchery going on 2018-- a lot of drugs, a lot of gunplay," Green said. Gangs operated out of the neighborhood's ...

  • Dec 05, 05:35 AM | Tribune

    SLO County leaders strike landmark deal to pump millions of dollars into affordable housing

    Dec. 05--After years of stalemate about how to ease the affordable housing crisis in San Luis Obispo County, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday compromised on a historic, bipartisan plan that will generate millions of dollars to build workforce homes. The new housing deal was recommended by a coalition of community organizations as a way to generate more homes for multiple levels of incomes, ...

  • Dec 05, 06:03 AM | Idaho Statesman

    This developer and his partners plan to capitalize on Boise's new urban renewal district

    Dec. 05--Just before it approved a new urban-renewal district, the Boise City Council heard an enthusiastic endorsement from a developer who sees a great business opportunity there. "We're super excited about it and looking forward to making stuff happen," Derick O'Neill told the council at a public hearing Tuesday night. Until he resigned three months ago, O'Neill led Boise's Planning and ...

  • Dec 05, 05:57 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Ambitious development proposal would move waterfront railyard

    As Portland mulls thorny transportation questions - like replacing the Interstate Bridge, tolling sections of Interstates 5 and 205 or bringing passenger ferry service to the region - one man is suggesting a perhaps more ambitious project: move the railroad. Mohamed Badreddine, a 28-year-old Portland native, has approached city leaders and Union Pacific Railroad in hopes of starting a ...

  • Dec 05, 04:00 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Tennessee governor unveils statewide water availability plan

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wants the public's input on a state plan for future water availability. Haslam was joined Tuesday by deputy to the governor Jim Henry and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian in unveiling the plan . It assesses current water resources and makes recommendations based on population and economic growth through ...

  • Dec 05, 03:41 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Oakland hit with new suit over coal project

    Lawyers for a planned marine terminal in Oakland that would ship coal and other materials overseas sued the city Tuesday, saying local officials are trying to thwart the project and failed to keep their side of the bargain. It will be the second major legal fight over developer Phil Tagami's Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal. In May, a federal judge ruled that the city could not ban the ...

  • Dec 04, 09:49 PM | Salem News

    Beverly taxes to go up $226 for single-family home

    Dec. 05--BEVERLY -- Property taxes will increase $226 for a median single-family home and $394 for a median commercial/industrial property under the new tax rates approved by the City Council Monday night. The new rates -- $25.41 for every $1,000 in property value for business owners, $13.21 for homeowners -- amount to a 4.2 percent increase in taxes for both classes, according to the city's ...

  • Dec 04, 06:38 PM | Wicked Local Metro

    'A win-win for everyone:' Plans for Millers River, Grand Junction path move forward

    Dec. 04--In exchange for helping to fund the Millers River Redevelopment Project, the city has negotiated with the Cambridge Housing Authority to extend the public, multi-use path along the Grand Junction Greenway. The agreement was reached just before Monday's City Council meeting after six months of negotiation between city officials and the CHA, according to a communication from the ...

  • Dec 04, 05:42 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Louisiana program offers to buy out homeowners in floodways

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana program helping people affected by the 2016 floods is offering buyouts to those living in especially hazardous areas, state officials said. Restore Louisiana officials said Monday that homeowners in floodways can receive up to $200,000 if they are willing to move out, news outlets reported. State Community Development Office Executive Director Pat Forbes ...

  • Dec 04, 03:52 PM | Philly.com

    American Water’s new Camden headquarters opens for business in first for waterfront tract

    American Water Works Co. executives joined government officials Tuesday to mark the official opening of the utility’s new Camden headquarters, the first project to reach completion on a 26-acre waterfront development site seen as key to the struggling city’s revitalization. The publicly traded utility chose the site because of its Delaware River views, the opportunity it offered to participate ...

  • Dec 04, 02:47 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    St. Louis County board has 'huge issues' with car lot proposal on land it sold to Stenger donors

    Dec. 04--A year after selling an industrial park to a group of politically connected investors, a St. Louis County economic development agency is putting the brakes on a proposal to resell the land to an online vehicle auction company. After meeting in closed session for more than an hour Monday, St. Louis County Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority board members said the proposal fell ...

  • Dec 04, 02:09 PM | Associated Press

    Flint officials say milestone reached in lead line work

    DETROIT (AP) — Flint officials said Tuesday they are a year ahead of schedule in tackling a court-mandated order to deal with lead service lines as the Michigan city recovers from its contaminated water crisis, but an environmental group that sued to make changes disputes the accomplishment. The city said it's checked more than 18,000 service lines, and replaced 7,700. Mayor Karen Weaver said ...

  • Dec 04, 12:49 PM | The Jamestown Sun

    River cleanup work

    Dec. 04--The city of Jamestown is seeking funding to complete the final two phases of a planned river cleanup project. The intent of the project is to remove downed trees and other obstacles from the James River allowing the stream to flow more efficiently and possibly reducing damage if a flood event were to occur. Travis Dillman, city engineer for Interstate Engineering, told the City ...

  • Dec 04, 12:44 PM | The Herald News

    Residents cite numbers, call on Joliet to take "a breather" on warehouse development

    Two local residents on Monday called on the Joliet City Council to slow down warehouse approvals, citing a real estate report showing increased vacancies in industrial space. "I just don't understand your rush to approve warehouse after warehouse every time someone comes here to ask you to approve one," Susan Majcher of Joliet Township told the council at its workshop meeting. Majcher ...

  • Dec 04, 10:41 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Baltimore moves to ban landlords from rejecting vouchers

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore City Council is eyeing legislation that would prevent landlords from rejecting tenants who use housing subsidy vouchers, and is putting pressure on the state to do the same. The Baltimore Sun reports that a bill with 10 co-sponsors introduced Monday aims to increase access to high-quality housing. Similar legislation passed the Maryland House of Delegates in ...

  • Dec 04, 10:14 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Nebraska consortium to present drought plan

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska natural resource districts, water utilities and state officials are preparing to present a collaborative report identifying additional water sources for Lincoln and Omaha and ways to replenish the Lower Platte River during drought. The Lower Platte River Basin Consortium will hold a public meeting Wednesday in Lincoln to share details of its drought contingency ...

  • Dec 04, 10:10 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Five plans that would’ve changed the face of Boston

    From the earliest days on the Shawmut Peninsula, Boston has been a city of creation and reinvention — filled in, developed, burned down, bulldozed, and redeveloped. Once the crazy quilt of docks and streets was established on the clenched fist of land jutting into Boston Harbor, engineers cut down hills and brought in gravel to produce the foundation for the 19th-century grids of the Back Bay ...

  • Dec 04, 08:18 AM | Tribune-Star

    Goodwin challenges suitability of jail site

    Dec. 04--The site chosen for a new Vigo County jail ranks ninth for suitability among 10 proposed properties, with the county industrial park 10th, according to Terre Haute mayoral candidate Pat Goodwin. The former city engineer, who is running as an independent, hosted a jail forum Monday night at the Vigo County Public Library that was attended by more than 80 people. Goodwin kicked off the ...

  • Dec 04, 08:16 AM | Red Deer Advocate

    Bettman 'disappointed' Ottawa's downtown arena plan is on the verge of collapse

    SEA ISLAND, Ga. - Gary Bettman isn't concerned the development deal that would have included a new downtown arena for the Ottawa Senators is falling apart.

  • Dec 04, 08:01 AM | Idaho Press-Tribune

    New urban development sites raise same concerns

    Urban Renewal District Public Hearing Third Floor of City Hall Shoreline Dec. 4 Gateway East Dec. 11 BOISE — Urban renewal districts have become a fixture in the heart of downtown Boise over the last few decades, and now the economic development tool is poised for new neighborhoods. Two proposed districts, one on the edge of downtown near the river and another by the airport, are set to go ...

  • Dec 04, 07:01 AM | Wisconsin State Journal

    Madison officials embrace Fleet Services building for Public Market

    Dec. 04--With land costs too high to put a $13.2 million Madison Public Market on East Washington Avenue, city officials are embracing an option to reuse the nearby city Fleet Services building for the market. Mayor Paul Soglin announced Monday that the city is dropping its bid to acquire land to build the market as part of a coming private redevelopment of the Washington Square shopping ...

  • Dec 04, 09:20 AM | San Jose Mercury News

    Deadly Camp Fire Fuels California's Raging Housing Shortage

    Dec. 04--As ominous as the dark smoke that choked the Bay Area while California's most destructive wildfire raged 200 miles north, a second tragedy now is looming over the state -- the loss of thousands of homes in an already housing-starved region. The deadly Camp Fire destroyed nearly 14,000 homes in Butte County, resulting in up to $9 billion in residential losses, according to a recent ...

  • Dec 04, 01:01 AM | Muskegon Chronicle

    Members Only Wetlands Bill Could Weaken State Wetlands Legislation

    Legislation by the outgoing chairman of the state Senate Natural Resources Committee to slash the number of protected wetlands could cost Michigan its authority over development under the federal Clean Water Act, according to state regulators. Chairman Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, sparred with opponents from his chair seat last week in a committee hearing, but no vote was taken. Even so, the ...

  • Dec 03, 07:40 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only There’s a Housing Stalemate on Beacon Hill

    Governor Charlie Baker’s Act to Promote Housing Choices looks like a modest proposal. It would allow communities to change some zoning rules with a simple majority vote, instead of requiring — as state law now does — two-thirds of a local government’s council or town meeting to agree. The goal is to spur more home construction, especially in places that have built little in recent years even ...

  • Dec 04, 09:31 AM | The North Platte Telegraph

    Housing cure takes all types

    Name the type of housing project you think North Platte needs most - rehabilitation, new homes for sale or new units to rent - and you'll be right, leaders of the city's latest comprehensive housing study said Monday night. Whether you think city government or the private sector should emphasize the issue, you're right, too, David City planning consultant Keith Marvin told about 60 community ...

  • Dec 04, 04:51 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit

    Dec. 04--SACRAMENTO -- A California state senator has revived a major effort to boost homebuilding near transit, a proposal he says is necessary to address the state's housing affordability and climate change challenges that have only deepened since his initial bill failed earlier this year. Under the new proposal from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), developers would be allowed to build ...

  • Dec 04, 03:00 AM | The Hoya (Georgetown University)

    Members Only Technology Reshapes Urban Spaces, Architect Says

    Technology that reduces energy consumption and informs consumers about sustainable products should be used to make improvements to urban infrastructure, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of urban planning Carlo Ratti said at an event Nov. 30. Cities cover two percent of Earth’s surface but contain over 50 percent of the population, make up 75 percent of the world’s energy ...

  • Dec 03, 11:38 PM | The Fresno Bee

    Task force to take on gentrification in Fresno. But is it enough?

    Dec. 03--A task force to tackle gentrification in Fresno is on the horizon -- but some residents say the gesture is too, too late. Approved last week by the City Council, the city must establish the task force by year's end to maintain good standing with the state Department of Housing and Development and meet housing element program requirements. City planning documents adopted in 2016-17, ...

  • Dec 03, 10:51 PM | Star Tribune

    Plan to develop corridor linking old Ford plant site to downtown St. Paul would transform rails to trail

    Dec. 04--A corridor of calm could emerge near traffic-snarled W. 7th Street in St. Paul, a place where children may someday safely frolic while cyclists and walkers travel between Highland Park to the edge of downtown. The still-unfunded project called the "Spur" will come up for discussion at the City Council on Wednesday. It's another opportunity created by the redevelopment of the former ...

  • Dec 03, 10:37 PM | Tribune

    Should SLO County spend millions of dollars building affordable homes? These groups say yes

    Dec. 04--Hundreds of families in San Luis Obispo County are on waiting lists to move into low-income housing; less than a quarter of county residents can afford to buy a median-priced home; and some renters spend half their income on rent. While county leaders have done little to address a lack of affordable housing in recent years, on Tuesday the Board of Supervisors will consider a package ...

  • Dec 03, 11:33 AM | Associated Press

    Snyder drops plan to task bridge panel with tunnel oversight

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday abandoned his proposal to have Michigan's Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, noting that the proposal did not have enough legislative support. The outgoing Republican governor said he supports the creation of a new state ...