2 days ago
A local writer argues that development is putting the unique character of Palm Springs in peril by taking advantage of the city's Planned Development Districts.
3 days ago
This time, the scene of the anti-development ire is Santa Monica, where local advocates have qualified for the November ballot on initiative requiring a vote for any project building beyond the zoning code.
April 15, 2016, 6am PDT
Community resistance may explain why smaller apartment buildings are hard to build.
March 14, 2016, 8am PDT
San Francisco loves process and fears change. It's costing residents in more ways than housing, laments David Prowler, former Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown.
January 20, 2016, 12pm PST
On the fringes of the built environment in Southern California, comes a turn of events much more common in the urban core: the California Environmental Quality Act has been invoked to put the brakes on a general plan update.
January 20, 2016, 7am PST
Sacramento Bee's political columnist, Dan Walters, writes that NIMBYs are among the main reasons for the state's chronic housing crisis, and one of their main tools is the California Environmental Quality Act, which must be reformed by politicians.
December 27, 2015, 9am PST
A study of CEQA litigation revealed widespread abuse that experts say undermines California's environmental sustainability goals.
December 9, 2015, 6am PST
It's one thing to oppose development and rail against local planning policies. Plenty of policies, plans, and political processes are pretty lousy. It's another thing to disrupt and dominate a meeting designed to make these processes better.
California Planning & Development Report
July 29, 2015, 2pm PDT
Low-density zoning is not racist in the narrowest sense of the term—but it does have similar goals to racist housing policies and creates similar problems.
July 12, 2015, 5am PDT
Fierce business competitors have to step lightly to avoid liability under American antitrust law and 'commercial interference' torts. A recent report takes a comprehensive look at where the line is when it comes to stopping a development project.
The International In-house Counsel Journal
July 10, 2015, 1pm PDT
According to Joel Kotkin, the next culture war will be fought over how and where Americans choose to live. It's suburbs vs. cities, again.
July 6, 2015, 12pm PDT
San Francisco and the Bay Area, known for their exorbitant housing prices and not unrelated, strong NIMBY attitudes, could be softening their opposition toward increasing density in their neighborhoods.
June 23, 2015, 7am PDT
A zoning bill has stirred up the fear that dense development projects will transform Seattle into a "Soviet cityscape." Residents accuse developers of using loopholes to squeeze in pricey, out-of-character townhomes.
June 19, 2015, 9am PDT
Opposition to Walmart is now holding at just 50 percent, when people are asked how they would feel if a Walmart was proposed "in your community." Support for Walmart is up 16 percentage points since 2006.
June 19, 2015, 8am PDT
Recent legislation considered (with some approved) by the Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee takes anti-development politics to a new level in a city reacting to years of growth.
June 18, 2015, 10am PDT
A pattern of opposition to housing projects that leads to the underdevelopment of land has contributed to a housing shortage in San Francisco, writes planning consultant Jim Chappell.
June 10, 2015, 9am PDT
New data from the 2015 Saint Index shows what projects provoke the most opposition in the United States when proposed "In your community."
May 12, 2015, 10am PDT
A new study calculates the national consequences of restrictive housing regulations in three cities: San Francisco, New York, and San Jose.
May 6, 2015, 1pm PDT
Has George Lucas discovered the ultimate anti-NIMBY weapon? Hint: It's not a lightsaber
December 30, 2014, 5am PST
Never mind that the lines are needed to carry renewable energy from wind turbines in the north to industries in the south to meet the nation's formidable carbon reduction policies. Public health and property values come first for some neighbors.