California Planning & Development Report

July 24, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Although water is a natural resource and often discussed as such, the real issue for California is how water gets used. Bill Fulton argues that California has plenty of water. What it needs is political will to make the best use of the water.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
July 17, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>When you live near raging wildfires, you begin to understand why the State of California spends nearly $1 billion a year on firefighting. You also start to see why some state lawmakers say it's time for more local responsibility.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
July 7, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>It has been a long time since the State of California was a public policy innovator. But a draft plan for implementing a greenhouse gas reduction law places California right on the cutting edge.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
June 23, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A recent L.A. Times series suggests that we should build more Southern California freeways for long-distance commuters, and prevent additional job development in employment-heavy areas. Bill Fulton suggests a different approach.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
June 12, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Exeter, California, may lie off the beaten path and be little-known outside the southern San Joaquin Valley. But its thriving, spotless downtown would be the envy of most cities.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
June 4, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Election Day provided a big boost for proponents of redevelopment in California. A statewide measure to restrict use of eminent domain lost badly, while voters in San Francisco and Napa County showed support for redevelopment projects.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
May 30, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>In California's Inland Empire, abandoned houses are plentiful- the fallout from the subprime mortgage mess. Bill Fulton reports on what some cites are doing to keep the abandoned houses from dragging down neighborhoods.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
May 23, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>High gas prices and slowing construction rates in exurban areas may mean that the era of "driving until you qualify" for affordable housing may be over soon.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
May 14, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>North Carolina bills itself as the "good growth state." But as North Carolina's population heads toward 10 million, the state's low-density pattern of development is straining the infrastructure.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
May 9, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>There is very, very little new housing construction in most of California, where the number of housing starts is down 75% from the boom year of 2005. One result is layoffs for planners, building inspectors and plan checkers.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
May 5, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Despite planners' love-hate relationship with it, Las Vegas is a hotbed of great city-making, according to this post from <em>California Planning and Development Report</em>.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
April 28, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The Sacramento region has become a national model for smart growth planning. But what, asks Bill Fulton, will it take to make the region sustainable for decades to come?</p>
California Planning & Development Report
April 17, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Public officials and scientists are starting to say that adaptation to climate change is just as important as trying to stem climate change. One way to adapt is to embrace smart growth principles that reduce energy usage, according to this article.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
April 11, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>California water quality regulators continue to levy ever-tougher standards for stormwater runoff. But the standards could impact development and cities in a way that is not best for the environment at large.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
April 6, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>California's redevelopment agencies are feeling pressure on numerous fronts these days. Some may go out of business next year. Still, state lawmakers are considering giving the agencies authority to buy out subprime mortgages.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
March 28, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Twenty years ago, Los Angeles voters chose Tom Bradley's "world city" vision over a slow-growth councilman's carping about overdevelopment. Voters may face the same choice - and one of the same candidates - in 2009.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
March 20, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Although Tucson has only about 6 percent of the population of metropolitan Los Angeles, residents of the Arizona city fear California-style sprawl and water problems. So where are Tucson residents looking for answers? That's right, California.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
March 5, 2008, 11am PST
<p>Alaska's "bridge to nowhere" would really be a bridge to sprawl -- and that's why it'll be a crucial issue in the upcoming Senate re-election campaign of 84-year-old Ted Stevens against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
February 29, 2008, 8am PST
<p>The largest estuary in the West, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, has been in trouble for many years. Yet policy-makers have been unable or unwilling to undertake major projects. That may change in 2008.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
February 21, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>An old Navy base presents the San Francisco suburb of Alameda with a great opportunity. However, a long-standing city policy that prohibits high-density development could quash that opportunity.</p>
California Planning & Development Report