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Approvals Process

February 24, 2020, 9am PST
A development controversy also now an expanding legal controversy, after a local planning commission rejected a controversial development proposal allowed by zoning.
Los Angeles Times
January 29, 2020, 11am PST
If passed, a new law would require homeless shelter developments in New York City to undergo the full Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.
Staten Island Advance
January 24, 2020, 5am PST
The high costs of housing development do not fit a convenient narrative, according to new analysis by Jenny Schuetz from the Brookings Institution.
Brookings
January 21, 2020, 11am PST
Housing deregulation for the sake of housing affordability made progress in both Democratic- and Republican-led states last year.
City Journal
January 8, 2020, 9am PST
State and local lawmakers hope that recent reforms to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act are only an initial step toward ending the law's use as a tool for delaying affordable housing plans.
Crosscut
November 22, 2019, 7am PST
A proposed high-rise would transform the downtown Boston waterfront, and the city's skyline.
The Boston Globe
August 25, 2019, 5am PDT
The U.S. Department of Transportation is following through President Trump's promises to ease the federal government's permitting and approvals processes for infrastructure projects.
Politico
August 17, 2019, 7am PDT
The approval of a 200-bed shelter for detained immigrant shelter will require zoning approvals from the D.C. Board of Zoning Appeals.
WAMU
February 26, 2019, 6am PST
The arrival of Amazon's HQ2 facility in Northern Virginia is expected to multiply development investment in the area, requiring more planners to review project proposals.
Washington Business Journal
September 10, 2018, 9am PDT
After one year in action, the Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentives Program has enabled a rare feat in Los Angeles: new development.
Urbanize LA
August 9, 2018, 5am PDT
A local block association leader expresses frustration with the development approvals process in New York City.
Crain's New York Business
July 10, 2018, 10am PDT
Chicago's own city government, in the form of aldermanic prerogatives and privileges, contributes to racial and economic segregation, according to a new study.
Chicago Tribune
March 1, 2018, 8am PST
All planners encounter passionate obstructionist activity at some point. While the reasoning for anti-development is often discussed, it's still not a widely understood force in the planning process and the evolution of cities.
UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
February 24, 2017, 9am PST
Grayson, Atlanta exemplifies the kind of administrative considerations that can make or break development approval processes.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8, 2016, 8am PDT
A tradition as old as the Planning Department itself: proposing reforms to the planning and development approvals process in the city of Los Angeles.
Urbanize LA
March 2, 2016, 10am PST
A development controversy in Seattle raises larger questions about land use regulation authority.
The Seattle Times
July 23, 2015, 12pm PDT
Into an active development environment, and the resulting heightened pitch of development controversies, comes a new app from the city of Seattle that allows the public to track development projects.
Puget Sound Business Journal
January 6, 2014, 9am PST
A ballot measure being proposed by the Sierra Club’s San Francisco chapter would take certain waterfront development decisions out of the hands of the city's Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, and give it to the voters.
Sf Examiner
September 9, 2013, 8am PDT
Apparently the construction boom that's taken place over the last 12 years in New York hasn't quenched developers' appetites to build. Many are pushing to get their projects approved before the development-friendly administration leaves office.
Crain's New York Business
June 9, 2013, 9am PDT
Prince George's County will streamline the review process for developers who build around public transit stations, writes Miranda S. Spivack. The bill could speed up the approvals process by as much as a year.
The Washington Post