Land Use

April 17, 2016, 9am PDT
Municipal officials and staff in Anchorage, Alaska, are hard at work drafting an updated land use plan that incorporates modern planning principles in the city's vision for development.
Anchorage Press
April 17, 2016, 7am PDT
In the debate over two ballot initiatives in San Diego that would facilitate a combined convention center and stadium project, proponents have pointed to Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium as a successful example. But is it?
UrbDeZine
April 16, 2016, 9am PDT
Colorado Department of Local Affairs releases "Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado," a guide and website to help Colorado agencies prepare for natural disasters and reduce risks through resilience and hazard mitigation.
Colorado DOLA Press Release
April 15, 2016, 11am PDT
Americans are thinking about undeveloped land alongside and between roadways as a low cost and widely dispersed strategy for carbon sequestration
EarthTalk
April 15, 2016, 8am PDT
The recent on-field success of the Houston Astros is matched by a wave of building in the neighborhood around their home ballpark. All of that means baseball fans might have a harder time finding a place to park this season.
Houston Chronicle
Blog post
April 15, 2016, 6am PDT
Community resistance may explain why smaller apartment buildings are hard to build.
Michael Lewyn
April 14, 2016, 6am PDT
The real estate boom that brought about a boom in golf course construction is a thing of the past. Now golf courses are closing around the country as the sport recedes from its peak popularity.
Detroit Free Press
Blog post
April 14, 2016, 5am PDT

As I do every year at the APA National Conference, I did my best to catch as many community engagement sessions as possible. Here are highlights, takeaways, and the common threads I noticed this year.

Dave Biggs
April 13, 2016, 11am PDT
Formerly vacant homes are now vacant lots in South Bend, Indiana. Returning the lots to productive uses presents a new kind of challenge for community groups and local officials.
WSBT
April 13, 2016, 6am PDT
A panel discussion convened in Philadelphia recently to discuss the effects of eminent domain, that critical and troubling tool that makes redevelopment possible.
Keystone Crossroads
Feature
April 12, 2016, 2pm PDT
Reformed parking regulations will improve the quality of urban environments. They might even allow to once again construct building types we appreciate only in older cities, but could never imagine building with today’s parking requirements.
Gerhard Mayer
April 11, 2016, 12pm PDT
The latest from a growing body of research on the connections between land use and public health identifies four characteristics of land use that produce beneficial public health outcomes.
The Huffington Post
April 8, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Denver City Council approved, with a 13-0 vote, the I-25 and Broadway Station Area Plan.
The Denver Post
April 8, 2016, 8am PDT
In a substantial part of the city, parking requirements will be eliminated for subsidized and senior housing.
StreetsBlog NYC
April 6, 2016, 12pm PDT
The Kansas City Land Bank has the funding to back up plans to begin transforming blighted, vacant lots into thriving groves of poplar trees.
The Kansas City Star
April 6, 2016, 5am PDT
The city of Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, has approved a controversial measure to begin charging for on-street parking in the city's downtown.
C-Ville Weekly
April 5, 2016, 2pm PDT
The city of Austin is hoping to avoid a "piecemeal, haphazard" approach to redevelopment in the South Central waterfront district.
Austin American-Statesman
April 4, 2016, 11am PDT
San Jose, California's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services has begun the process of updating its Trail Strategic Plan.
San Jose Mercury News
Blog post
April 4, 2016, 10am PDT
The housing shortages caused by restrictive zoning are easy to solve in principle—even if the solutions are politically impossible.
Michael Lewyn
April 4, 2016, 7am PDT
Raleigh's North Carolina Museum of Art is redesigning its extensive grounds with an eye toward how public interaction with museums is shifting. Inclusion, sustainability, and brand development are paramount.
The New York Times