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Approval Process

June 19, 2019, 7am PDT
A recently proposed law would attempt to force developers and neighborhood projects to the table to negotiate large projects in the city of Philadelphia.
PlanPhilly
July 22, 2018, 9am PDT
The scales of land use regulations are tipped, according to this editorial. Balancing them will result in a more affordable city.
Crain's New York Business
June 19, 2018, 7am PDT
Two organizations representing the development industry have released a report to highlight the costs of doing business.
National Association of Home Builders Eye on Housing
May 12, 2018, 5am PDT
The city of New York wants more capacity to store energy, so it's making the process of permitting energy storage projects easier to understand and follows.
Smart Cities Dive
April 10, 2018, 1pm PDT
A key part of the Trump Administration's infrastructure plan, dormant as it is, is to speed up permitting.
The Washington Post
December 11, 2017, 11am PST
The state of Massachusetts has set a goal to add 135,000 new housing units over the next eight years. To achieve that goal, the state will provide incentives for cities that streamline development approval.
The Boston Globe
December 7, 2017, 1pm PST
A long-awaited draft update of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has finally been released, and Level of Service will finally be a thing of the past in the next two to four years.
Streetsblog California
October 20, 2017, 8am PDT
San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee, released his directive saying the city should be approving the building or renovating of 5,000 units a year.
San Francisco Business Journal
March 13, 2017, 11am PDT
The Sacramento Bee follows-up a revealing report on lower income workers leaving California due largely to exorbitant housing costs with an editorial endorsing legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco to address the source of the problem.
The Sacramento Bee
December 20, 2016, 9am PST
The new streamlining bill for affordable housing will not have the governor's name, but that of freshman Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener, who made a name for himself as a tenacious housing advocate while San Francisco County Supervisor.
KQED: California Report
December 5, 2016, 9am PST
A Dallas County judge threw a wrench in a controversial plan to build a 100,000-square-foot Sam's Club near Cityplace in Dallas.
The Dallas News
October 13, 2016, 11am PDT
The city of Pittsburgh could adopt a new set of standards for measuring development projects to focus on people, planet, place, and performance.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 16, 2016, 2pm PDT
California's average home prices are 2.5 times the national average and rising, so why is it so hard to build a political coalition to build more housing, and especially more affordable housing?
Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2016, 12pm PDT
An affordable housing proposal proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown failed to marshal the necessary support in the State Legislature, facing opposition from a coalition of labor and environmental groups, as well as the League of California Cities.
San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
June 2, 2016, 6am PDT
A Philadelphia councilmember has proposed a seemingly esoteric bill that would amend the city code to give individual councilmembers new power in the planning process.
PlanPhilly
May 18, 2016, 8am PDT
Rather than devoting more funds for affordable housing, California Governor Jerry Brown is supporting streamlined regulations, mandated by the state and enacted at the local level .
Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2016, 9am PDT
A unique partnership is making it easier to construct and own a home in the Cleveland neighborhood of Ohio City, located in Cleveland..
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Feature
July 14, 2015, 2pm PDT
An op-ed describing the public health benefits of CEQA reform and urging California's leaders to finalize the end of "Level of Service" as a measure of project impacts.
Benjamin D. Winig
Blog post
May 28, 2015, 8am PDT
The latest installment of Planetizen's "Ask the Ethicist" series features the advice of our resident expert: Carol D. Barrett, FAICP, author of "Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners."
Carol Barrett
Feature
March 18, 2015, 2pm PDT
An op-ed describes the broken state of the planning and development approval process—where opposition politics rule and the answer is usually "no."
Patrick Fox