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‘Cut the Tape’ Report Takes Aim at Inefficiencies

A set of recommendations from the Chicago mayor’s office calls for streamlining city processes to stimulate more residential and commercial development.

April 12, 2024 - Block Club Chicago

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California Developers Opt for Privately Funded Affordable Housing

Housing advocates worry that, without government guardrails, buildings may not remain affordable or well-maintained in the long term.

March 19, 2024 - The Wall Street Journal

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A Survey of Texas Zoning Reform

Zoning changes at the local and state levels are making it easier and faster to build housing.

February 6, 2024 - The Dallas Morning News

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AI-Powered Permitting is Speeding up Solar Deployments in California

AI-powered permitting is accelerating solar deployments in cities across California, automating compliance checks and approvals for efficient and rapid solar project installations.

December 15, 2023 - Canary Media

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Newark Announces Supplemental Zoning Board

The temporary board will help speed up the application review process during a development boom.

November 28, 2023 - Governing

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Developers Push Back on Zoning Review Fees

An increase in fees for commercial construction projects is raising concerns from local developers who say the industry already faces rising costs to build in the city.

March 30, 2023 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The Return of ‘Catalog Homes’

Sets of pre-approved housing plans can lower construction costs, shorten timelines, and encourage more badly needed housing production.

March 29, 2023 - Route Fifty

Wide shot of bridge overpasses under construction at the intersection of GA 400 and I-285 on July 22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

Three Challenges to Building Big Infrastructure in America

How complicated zoning and permitting, slow construction, and a dearth of certain skills in the public sector cause delays and increase the cost of U.S. infrastructure projects.

January 25, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Norfolk's 'Missing Middle Pattern Book' Aims to Streamline Permitting for Multi-Family Housing

Acknowledging the region's dire need for more diverse housing stock, city leaders hope the pre-approved designs, along with necessary zoning reforms, will encourage more construction of 'missing middle housing.'

August 5, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Oil Pipeline

Supreme Court Clears Way for Pipeline to Cross the Appalachian Trail

The U.S. Supreme Court resolved a question of permitting jurisdiction to clear the way for the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline to tunnel underneath the Appalachian Trail.

June 16, 2020 - The Hill

Street Vendor

Street Vendors Rally for Rent Cancelation in Los Angeles

Street vendors gathered in front of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in a May Day action to their make demands heard.

May 7, 2020 - Streetsblog Los Angeles

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Oracle Launches Land Use and Development Software

The product uses artificial intelligence to manage zoning, code enforcement, and permitting for local governments.

October 31, 2018 - Government Technology

Street Vendor

In Support of Street Vendors

From garbage pickers to tamale sellers, workers in the informal economy can account for half the workforce in developing cities. They should be respected as an important constituency.

June 5, 2018 - City Lab

New Guidelines to Streamline New Energy Storage Projects Adopted in New York City

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.

May 12, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Texas

Border Town Removes Licensing Barrier to Encourage Solar

On the U.S.-Mexico border just west of the Gulf of Mexico, Brownsville looks to take advantage of its sunny territory.

May 11, 2018 - Next City

Construction

Residential Construction, Permitting Spiking in Early 2018

Residential construction activity hummed at a higher level in January 2018 than any point in all of 2017, according to newly released federal data.

February 22, 2018 - Globe St

California

One Obstacle to ADU Construction in California: The Price of Permits

The price of a permit to build an accessory dwelling units in the city of Thousand Oaks in Southern California is prohibitive—putting the permitting fee in opposition to the stated intent of the city's zoning code and state law.

January 30, 2018 - Thousand Oaks Acorn

San Bernardino

San Bernardino County Launches New Online Permitting System

The processes for planning and permitting development and construction projects are moving online. A Southern California county provides the latest example.

October 3, 2017 - Inland Empire Community News

Little Free Library

Regulating the Little Free Library

The Little Free Library movement is a well-intentioned overture to literate neighborliness. In spite of lacking obvious drawbacks, certain officials argue it should undergo more stringent permitting.

March 1, 2015 - CityLab

Breaking News: Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Obama Climate Initiative

In a 5-4 decision on June 23, the Supreme Court ruled that EPA erred in the permitting processes for new carbon-cutting rules. However, most of the Clean Power Plant rule that reduces emissions 30 percent will not be affected.

June 23, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

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