January 30, 2018, 6am PST
Concord will become the latest city to add a form-based code to its menu of development regulations.
January 9, 2018, 8am PST
A lawsuit challenges a law in Washington, D.C. that prevents the conversion of full-service gas stations into any other kind of commercial or residential land use.
January 8, 2018, 5am PST
The powers, and the limitations, of zooming are explained in a series of posts on Greater Greater Washington.
Greater Greater Washington
December 25, 2017, 1pm PST
Permits have shot up after California passed a landmark law in 2016 to make it easier to permit and construct accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
Terner Center for Housing Innovation
December 2, 2017, 1pm PST
Vancouver is famous for high-rises and a decidedly urban quality of life, but housing prices are still skyrocketing. A new ten-year housing strategy proposes a few drastic measures to rebalance the market's scales.
November 15, 2017, 10am PST
Planners and the public must improve their relationship, according to this article.
October 30, 2017, 1pm PDT
Plans for an 800-foot tower have attracted well-funded opposition from a community group. Its campaign to regulate the structure's height has spiraled into a big fight.
October 3, 2017, 1pm PDT
Zoning might not have saved Houston from Harvey, but a strong floodplain ordinance would have, according to an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle.
August 17, 2017, 2pm PDT
Planning is only one ingredient of the cocktail that produces new housing, but planning should bear in mind all the other factors influencing the process. Vancouver and Seattle provide case studies and sharp contrasts in housing outcomes.
July 25, 2017, 11am PDT
The argument in the headline, put more specifically: inclusionary zoning, fees, legal challenges, and minimum apartment sizes are counter-productive. The only policy that will add housing stock, is to make it much cheaper to add housing stock.
April 27, 2017, 2pm PDT
The California Environmental Quality Act is generally considered a major obstacle for development. In a few cases, however, the law's definitions have been used to clear the way for development in environmentally sensitive areas.
San Francisco Public Press
April 22, 2017, 7am PDT
As wildfires become bigger, more frequent, and more expensive to fight, new methods for preventing the worst impacts of fire will be necessary, according to a new study.
February 21, 2017, 11am PST
Measure S gives city leaders a moderately satisfying smack across the face. As satisfying as that may be, Measure S is remarkably bad planning and development policy at the expense of the vast majority of Angelinos.
January 9, 2017, 12pm PST
A columnist attributes the success of President-elect Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric with a rise in potentially illegal land use decisions around the state of Virginia.
January 6, 2017, 2pm PST
Recently approved changes to the zoning code in South Boston are designed to reduce the number variances granted by the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals. They also increase the number of parking sports required for new developments.
November 30, 2016, 5am PST
Opticos Design believes by-right zoning and form-based codes can be a win-win for communities.
Logos Opticos: Composing Vibrant Urban Places
October 21, 2016, 12pm PDT
The city of Portland, Oregon is considering new regulations to limit the kinds of homes that can be built in existing neighborhoods.
October 21, 2016, 6am PDT
Pro-development advocates have a new study to back up their cause.
September 26, 2016, 11am PDT
A new paper released by the White House offers a toolkit of economic evidence and policy recommendations designed to help cities overcome local opposition to development.
September 22, 2016, 12pm PDT
New leadership at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, along with new land use covenants, is paving the way for unprecedented development in the highly trafficked area.