UC Merced: Politics and Planning

New $250 million University of California campus is looking at innovative ways to deal with environmental and land use concerns while maintaining political support.

Read Time: 1 minute

July 2, 2000, 12:30 PM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


University planners and decisionmakers realize that they must be heavily involved in federal politics if planning for the the 2,000-acre campus and adjoining 8,300 acres planned for development six miles northeast of the city of Merced is to succeed. The land includes vernal pools that house federally protected fairy shrimp. The University has also developed an innovate land trust -- revenue from developing the land owned by the Virginia Smith and Cyril Smith trusts will endow a scholarship to pay for Central Valley students to attend UC Merced.

Thanks to Chris Steins

Sunday, July 2, 2000 in The Sacramento Bee

Books

The Top Urban Planning Books of 2022

An annual list of the must-read books related to urban planning and its intersecting fields.

November 28, 2022 - James Brasuell

The  Rue Sainte-Catherine in Bordeaux is crowded with pedestrians in a lively European scene.

European Cities Act on Density

The sprawling mass of suburbia has been a disaster for the environment. But now smaller, denser cities herald a renaissance in city living.

November 20, 2022 - Wired Magazine

Victorian two-story buildings with retail shops in downtown Nashvile, Tennessee

Nashville Sets Downtown Parking Maximums

Nashville is the latest city to enact a substantive change to the parking requirements set by the city’s zoning code—doing away with parking minimums and setting parking maximums in the city’s Urban Zoning Overlay.

November 20, 2022 - The Tennessean

Dark parking garage, empty except for one car covered with a red tarp

Advice for a Post-Parking Mandate World

After abolishing parking requirements, what can cities do to make the most of new space and revenue and avoid backlash?

4 hours ago - Next City

View of park ranger with tan hat from behind, ranger looking out at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Western Voters: Yes to Conservation, No to Extremism

Voters in Western states generally favored candidates who support public land conservation in this November’s election and rejected extremist rhetoric.

5 hours ago - High Country News

The Boring Company

Detailing the Boring Company’s Poor Track Record

Elon Musk’s promised solution for congestion—the Boring Co.—has proven most successful at disappearing on the governments that trusted them.

6 hours ago - The Wall Street Journal

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.