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Development Approvals

July 30, 2020, 11am PDT
Some high-profile projects, including a 77-story tower, hang in the balance of a federal corruption case, but it's unclear whether Los Angeles can undo the approvals, whether they were achieved through bribes or not.
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2020, 6am PDT
New Orleans is attempting a "major paradigm shift" in marrying land use control with economic development goals.
The Lens
February 25, 2020, 11am PST
The planning approvals process took a black eye in Boston last year, when a bribery scandal sent a Boston Planning and Development Agency staffer to jail.
The Boston Globe
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
February 6, 2020, 12pm PST
A ballot initiative by San Francisco Mayor London Breed would make it easier for qualifying developments (e.g., developments that include affordable housing) to sidestep discretionary approvals.
The New York Times
February 3, 2020, 12pm PST
A massive new development at the former site of a polluting power plant is moving forward in the City by the Bay.
Curbed San Francisco
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
February 27, 2019, 9am PST
The new chair of the Planning and Land Use Management committee of the Los Angeles City Council will influence how the city grapples with homelessness, an expanding rail system, and the 2028 Olympics.
The Planning Report
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
February 7, 2019, 9am PST
San Francisco Mayor London Breed is fighting hard to make it easier to develop affordable housing in the cost-impacted city. A fight will likely be required.
The Bay City Beacon
January 30, 2019, 7am PST
A proposed development in Minneapolis would add affordable units in exchange for extra height. A neighborhood group worries about the precedent the project would set.
Star Tribune
January 16, 2019, 9am PST
Bombshell revelations about an FBI investigation into corruption and conspiracy in Los Angeles City Hall made the news recently. At the center of the story is development financing from Chinese companies.
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2018, 8am PST
Habitat for Humanity agreed to build a wall around 166 new affordable homes as a necessary compromise for approval.
NBC 2
August 11, 2018, 1pm PDT
The Union Square Tech Training Center overcame concerns about overdevelopment in the neighborhood.
AM New York
October 4, 2017, 9am PDT
Negotiations between the city of Mountain View and tech giant Google over the latter's plans to expand its headquarters recently took a strange turn.
The Mercury News
June 7, 2017, 5am PDT
Building permit data provides a barometer of the development market, which is a reflection of development processes and planning regimes. The arc of the country's housing construction trends bends toward Texas.
U.S. Census Bureau
February 24, 2017, 9am PST
Grayson, Atlanta exemplifies the kind of administrative considerations that can make or break development approval processes.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 7, 2016, 10am PST
In what could be a first, but potential not a last, the power of the California Environmental Quality Act was invoked in San Francisco with regard to concerns about gentrification.
San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2016, 7am PDT
A proposal to expand Facebook's footprint in the city of Menlo park gained key approval from the city's planning commission recently. The full City Council still needs to approve the plan.
San Jose Mercury News
June 24, 2016, 11am PDT
As Denver's development industry achieves post-recession levels of activity, the city's Department of Community Planning and Development needs staff for pre-recession levels of capacity.
The Denver Post