Government / Politics

June 17, 2016, 9am PDT
A data-sharing partnership announced in January 2015 has so far produced underwhelming results.
Boston.com
June 17, 2016, 5am PDT
A two-minute-and-twenty-three-second tour of the news and events from the week in planning.
Planetizen
June 15, 2016, 7am PDT
For a second time, the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to hear from 20 states that sought to block implementation of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule on mercury and air toxins that largely affects coal-fired power plants and public health.
The Washington Post
June 14, 2016, 2pm PDT
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has released its annual comparison of property tax rates around the country, adding new wrinkles of analysis for this year's edition.
At Lincoln House
June 14, 2016, 10am PDT
A package of bills making their way through the New York State Legislature could usher in an era of new height in parts of New York City.
New York Magazine
June 14, 2016, 6am PDT
It may seem understandable for developers to resort to the ballot box after encountering difficulty with a planning commission or city council, but in California it makes sense even for cities like Moreno Valley that are friendly to new development.
The New York Times
June 13, 2016, 12pm PDT
The response to Ecuador's 7.8-magnitude earthquake went beyond just physically rebuilding the hardest hit cities
Doggerel
June 13, 2016, 9am PDT
After extensive outreach, the BART Board of Director settled on the $3.5 billion sum to be on the November ballot. 'Unmet capital needs' are the target of the property tax measure.
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
June 13, 2016, 5am PDT
Norway's four major political parties appear to agree to a ban on gasoline and diesel-powered passenger vehicles by 2025. And they are not alone. Efforts are also underway in The Netherlands and India, according to the news site Electrek.
Electrek
June 11, 2016, 7am PDT
An update to the state's zoning laws—the first update of its kind since 1975—is moving forward through the Massachusetts Legislature.
Urban Liberty
June 11, 2016, 5am PDT
A new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration documents the increasing frequency of nuisance floods and "clear-sky flooding."
USA Today
June 10, 2016, 8am PDT
South L.A.'s inclusion in the Promise Zones program marks a shift in the way the federal government measures poverty.
LA Streetsblog
June 9, 2016, 11am PDT
A regional measure to tax all property owners in the 9-county Bay Area to adapt to sea level rise passes; S.F. voters support raising the affordable housing bar; Richmond voters reject ballot-box planning; San José approves sales tax increase.
Planetizen
June 8, 2016, 9am PDT
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority unanimously approved the 30-year, half-cent transportation sales tax for the countywide ballot in November. $1.5 billion in tax revenues would go to Phase II of a BART extension in the Silicon Valley.
Planetizen
June 8, 2016, 8am PDT
It seems like one step forward and two steps back for a proposal to develop two residential towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Politico
June 5, 2016, 11am PDT
Rather than supporting an increase in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees like many states are doing to fund transportation spending, Gov. Chris Christie asks the legislature to find funds by making cuts within the general fund.
Politico New Jersey
June 4, 2016, 7am PDT
A June 7 ballot measure in Richmond, California would permit 59 single family homes to be built on a 5-acre bayfront lot within walking distance to a future ferry landing for San Francisco service. The site is zoned for high-density housing.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 3, 2016, 6am PDT
A new guide helps communities set up groups that can help analyze their neighborhood data and put it to good use.
Next City
June 2, 2016, 1pm PDT
The commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation warned Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and MARTA CEO Keith Parker that unless corrective actions are not taken in many areas, e.g., maintenance, safety, he will shut down streetcar service.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 2, 2016, 6am PDT
A Philadelphia councilmember has proposed a seemingly esoteric bill that would amend the city code to give individual councilmembers new power in the planning process.
PlanPhilly