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Approvals Process

September 9, 2020, 8am PDT
Online public hearings and other meetings have become commonplace. A case can be made to continue virtual meetings even in the post-COVID-19 era.
Governing
September 8, 2020, 11am PDT
Three former Los Angeles public officials share their collective perspective on how best to reform the city of Los Angeles' corrupted land use approval process.
The Planning Report
July 16, 2020, 5am PDT
In a move called "one of the biggest — and most audacious — deregulatory actions of the Trump administration," President Trump yesterday announced plans to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act for federal infrastructure projects.
The New York Times
June 23, 2020, 11am PDT
Longtime City Councilmember Jose Huizar was arrested at his home in Boyle Heights this morning, in the latest signal of a culture of corruption at Los Angeles City Hall.
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2020, 5am PDT
To help jumpstart the economy in England, the country is taking the bureaucracy out of the planning process.
Financial Times
June 17, 2020, 12pm PDT
As online engagement becomes increasingly important during COVID-19, so does understanding compliance with legal requirements.
Stantec
June 16, 2020, 8am PDT
California has traditionally granted environmental exemptions to large projects like football stadiums, a practice criticized by environmentalists and urbanists alike. SB 288 would change that, with exemptions for sustainable transportation projects.
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2020, 8am PDT
The city of Santa Monica will consider approvals process changes that will make it easier to entitle the largest projects allowed under zoning for the city's downtown.
Urbanize LA
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