Land Use

Blog post
February 18, 2016, 7am PST
Summarizes Justice Scalia's most important Takings Clause decisions.
Michael Lewyn
February 16, 2016, 12pm PST
California Assembly Bill AB 57 has tied the hands of local governments in reviewing the location of new cell towers, bypassing normal environmental and public review procedures.
Medium
Blog post
February 16, 2016, 9am PST
Google Earth can be a useful tool for understanding how parking is being used in your community and to identify where over- or under-utilization occurs.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
February 14, 2016, 1pm PST
The city of Dallas recently approved a new Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan and the city's first Recreation Master Plan. The comp plan updated the previous Renaissance Plan.
Next City
February 12, 2016, 10am PST
A proposal in Minneapolis would restrict the development of drive-throughs, in pedestrian-friendly parts of the city, as a safety measure for all non-car users of the street.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 11, 2016, 11am PST
The Atlanta Studies website takes a deep dive into the history that produced the city of Atlanta as we know it today—and provides some suggestions on how to "correct some of its most atrocious attacks on the urban built environment."
Atlanta Studies
February 10, 2016, 9am PST
Fairly or unfairly, Des Moines has a solid reputation as one of the nation's least interesting cities. But unbeknownst to the rest of us, this quiet working town might become the Midwest's answer to Austin, Texas.
Politico
February 10, 2016, 8am PST
Sarasota County, Florida, has approved a plan to pave over forested wetlands and build parking for a Whole Foods Market. To compensate, the developer is donating another plot of wetlands to the public.
Quartz
February 10, 2016, 6am PST
It's possible that the ill effects of NIMBY obstructionism are enabled by a lack of understanding about how and why NIMBYism works.
CityLab
February 9, 2016, 11am PST
New research says land use patterns have increased the costs of wildfire protection, so strategic land use planning would help lower the costs of wildfire protection.
University of Wyoming
February 8, 2016, 1pm PST
The city of Atlanta is undertaking a wide-ranging review of its current zoning code in the hopes of implementing form-based codes for more of the city.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
February 8, 2016, 5am PST
A 1980 law protecting pedestrians from falling debris has spawned a labyrinth of sidewalk sheds: the covered walkways that often support scaffolding. Many of these "temporary" structures linger for years.
Crain's New York Business
February 6, 2016, 9am PST
Patano Studio Architecture is doing double duty as advocate and concept designer for an idea called Seattle C.A.P.
Next City
February 5, 2016, 8am PST
The influence of Donald Shoup's classic book, "The High Cost of Free Parking," is becoming more and more apparent in more and more cities around the country.
Pew Charitable Trusts
February 4, 2016, 2pm PST
The #LoveThatLot campaign is the Center for Community progress' way of celebrating the hard work of transforming vacant, blighted properties into neighborhood assets and amenities.
Center for Community Progress
February 4, 2016, 1pm PST
Inclusionary zoning and weakened urban growth boundaries are not effective tools for reducing the price of housing. Joe Cortright of City Observatory suggests ending parking requirements instead.
City Observatory
February 4, 2016, 11am PST
In an effort to bring relief to homeowners, the city will reduce property taxes on 95 percent of the city's residential properties.
The Detroit News
February 4, 2016, 6am PST
The Terraces, a mixed-use project in Charlottesville, Virginia, adopts a design that reflects its historic downtown surroundings. Oliver Kuttner, the developer, says that "breaking up" large buildings can make them more palatable on street level.
Market Urbanism
February 3, 2016, 1pm PST
The soul of planning in Los Angeles will be up for vote in the citywide election that will occur on the same day as the U.S. presidential election.
California Planning & Development Report
February 3, 2016, 8am PST
Lakeview, located north of Lincoln Park and adjacent to Lake Michigan, leads the city by a wide margin in residential teardowns over the past five years. Local developers are selling new homes for four times the original price paid.
Crain's Chicago Business