Zoning Variances

February 18, 2015, 9am PST
The head of Portland's Bureau of Development Services is asking that planners raise standards for discretionary review of development proposals. Among the points made to planners in a recent memo: customer service is not the same as getting to "yes."
The Oregonian
January 28, 2015, 11am PST
A columnist in St. Paul makes an argument in favor of zoning variances as a driver of incremental growth and economic development.
Star Tribune
July 11, 2014, 8am PDT
Ryan Briggs reports on the state of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment—although zoning reform was a promise of Mayor Michael Nutter's administration, Briggs finds that inconsistency and mysterious politics still mar the board's decisions.
Philadelphia City Paper
April 3, 2014, 1pm PDT
Two seven-story buildings, proposed for the former site of Holy Cross School in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, have created heated controversy in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. In question is the character of the city’s riverfront neighborhoods.
The Atlantic Cities