State developers are worried by a dramatic increase of activityunder the 1973 Endangered Species Act as protection agencies designatelarge areas as critical habitat throughout California.
While federal biologists say the new designations are virtually meaningless and aredone only to satisfy court orders, some environmentalists assert theywill have a profound effect on housing construction by preventing sprawlinto these areas. The Center for Biological Diversity, [http://www.sw-center.org/swcbd/] has actively sued nine times in the last two years to ensure habitat designated under the Endangered Species Act is protected, and environmentalists are confident that such lawsuits will add more meaning to "critical habitat" designations.
Thanks to California 2000 Project
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.
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.
Houston Development Aims to Create Hyper-Walkable, Micro-Living Neighborhood
The 17-acre Second Ward project has spurred both optimism for a more walkable city and concerns about displacement and gentrification.
Lyft Pulls Micromobility From Los Angeles Area
The company will no longer provide shared bikes and scooters in the L.A. region, citing a ‘lack of longterm commitment’ from cities.
King County Water Treatment Station Set to Open
The facility is part of a plan to protect the Duwamish River from polluted runoff from overflowing sewer pipes.
Proposed Park Yet Another Hurdle for Houston Interstate Expansion
The Interstate 45 widening project, halted by a federal order and opposed by many local officials and organizations, could hit a new snag if White Oak Bayou becomes a city park.
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