California Smart Growth White Paper

A group of California New Urbanists have prepared a White Paper on Smart Growth Policy in California.

1 minute read

March 25, 2003, 5:00 AM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

A group of California New Urbanists including Robert Alminana, David Sargent, Paul Crawford, Steve Lawton, Laura Hall and Andres Duany, prepared a White Paper on Smart Growth Policy in California forthe Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR). "California needs several key changes in current State planning policy and enabling legislation. Our need for a diverse supply of new housing is greater than ever -- at the same time that local citizens increasinglyoppose building it. The survival and growth of California's economy isdependent on finding a solution to this problem; a solution that can besustained economically, politically, socially and environmentally overthe coming decades, as California's workforce responds to the presentand future challenges of the world economy." Editor's note: The link below is to a PDF document.

Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism

Monday, March 24, 2003 in Fisher & Hall Urban Design

Large historic homes and white picket fences line a street.

The End of Single-Family Zoning in Arlington County, Virginia

Arlington County is the latest jurisdiction in the country to effectively end single-family zoning.

March 23, 2023 - The Washington Post

Amtrak Acela Express train passing through Harrison station in Newark, New Jersey

‘Train Daddy’ Andy Byford to Oversee Amtrak’s High-Speed Rail Efforts

Byford, who formerly ran NYC Transit and Transport for London, could bring renewed vigor to the agency’s plans to expand regional rail in the United States.

March 28, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

Buses in downtown Seattle on the dedicated 3rd Avenue bus lanes

Seattle Bus Lane Cameras Capture Over 100,000 Violations

An automated traffic enforcement pilot program caught drivers illegally using transit lanes more than 110,000 times in less than a year.

March 28, 2023 - Axios

View of Statue of Liberty with New York City skyline in background

Immigration Grows, Population Drops in Many U.S. Counties

International immigration to the country’s most populous areas tripled even as major metropolitan areas continued to lose population.

March 31 - The New York Times

Detroit Sports Arena

$616 Million in Development Incentives Approved for District Detroit

The “Transformational Brownfield” incentives approved by the Detroit City Council for the $1.5 billion District Detroit still require approval by the state.

March 31 - Detroit Free Press

A red sign reads, “Welcome to New Canaan.”

Affordable Housing Development Rejected for Lack of Third Staircase in Connecticut

The New Canaan Planning Commission rejected a development proposal, including 31 below-market-rate apartments, for lack of a third staircase, among other reasons, at a time when advocates are pushing to relax two-staircase requirements.

March 31 - Stamford Advocate

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

HUD’s 2023 Innovative Housing Showcase

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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.