A bill aimed to 'modernize' California's landmark environmental law passed the state's Senate by a vote of 39-0, and its chances of being signed into law appear strong. A bill to revive redevelopment advanced, but seems destined to be vetoed.
Jun 7, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
The new mayor of Los Angeles is young, charismatic, and a champion of urbanism and smart growth. He should start using all these assets immediately to transform Los Angeles into the vibrant, transit-oriented city it can become, says Bill Fulton.
May 22, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
A new Census Bureau report finds population density going down everywhere in the country -- except California, where it's going up in most metropolitan areas, especially smaller ones.
May 15, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
Many planners these days are promoting higher densities, especially in urban cores. Urban scholar Joel Kotkin inexplicably takes this trend to mean that a "cult" of planners favors bone-crushing crowds that would turn US cities into slums.
May 6, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
Just last week it was reported that Gov. Jerry Brown had given up on trying to reform the state's landmark environmental law this year. State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg must not have gotten the memo.
Apr 27, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
Los Angeles recently took a major step in its plan to return streetcars to downtown's streets. But they're not the only Southern California city pursuing the nation's trendy transit mode. Bill Fulton examines the attraction.
Feb 17, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
William Fulton examines the likely outcome of a takings case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court last week. Oral arguments seemed to indicate the justices were leaning towards a surprising outcome.
Jan 24, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
Most California lawsuits challenging environmental impact reports have their sites set on infill projects.
Jan 12, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
Now that the powerful Community Redevelopment Agency is dead, Los Angeles is considering consolidating economic development efforts, using new money that flows to the city post-redevelopment.
Jan 9, 2013 California Planning & Development Report
Is it really 2012? Maybe so, but Bill Fulton says Wendell Cox isn't living there -- at least based on his latest "analysis" of Southern California's housing trends.
Nov 21, 2012 California Planning & Development Report