Zoning

May 27, 2010, 6am PDT
Five years in the works, Denver's new zoning code has been introduced. The form-based code now faces a period of public input before its expected approval.
The Denver Daily News
May 12, 2010, 2pm PDT
Focusing on her Armani outfit, her upscale background, and the beet salad she was ordering, Vanity Fair finally gets down to brass tacks with New York's Planning Director Amanda Burden.
Vanity Fair
May 6, 2010, 8am PDT
The Buffalo News praises efforts by Mayor Byron W. Brown to completely rewrite the city's 59-year-old zoning code. The Mayor's initiative, dubbed the Buffalo Green Code, would place a new emphasis on sustainability and walkable neighborhoods.
Buffalo News
April 24, 2010, 9am PDT
Mayor Byron Brown announced that the city's new code will be the "Buffalo Green Code," supporting walkable, sustainable neighborhoods.
Buffalo Rising
Blog post
April 11, 2010, 5pm PDT

A few weeks ago, Randall O’Toole  (a leading anti-anti-sprawl commentator) and Matthew Yglesias (a Washington-based pundit who primarily writes about politics, but occasionally veers off into planning issues) had an interesting discussion about the extent to which sprawl is a result of land use regulation.(1)

Michael Lewyn
March 18, 2010, 9am PDT
A judge has overruled a voter-approved plan in the California city of Pleasanton to cap the number of new residences allowed in the city in an effort to curb the area's growing congestion.
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2010, 10am PDT
WalMart made an offer to purchase a plot from a family in Frankenmuth, Michigan, but withdrew the offer when the City Council rezoned the land for a limited building size. The family sued, and a federal judge awarded them $3.6 million.
The Saginaw News
Blog post
March 16, 2010, 2pm PDT

Reason.tv has launched a multipart series of videos on how the city of Cleveland can turn itself around using free-market approaches and limited government reforms.

Samuel Staley
March 11, 2010, 8am PST
Most of the new housing units being occupied in New York City are illegal basement spaces. Bringing those spaces up to code could create thousands of units of affordable housing in the city.
Urban Omnibus
March 9, 2010, 12pm PST
The don't bite. They don't need much space. They follow kids around like a dog. We're talking about miniature goats. Planning commissions across the country are being asked to moved the hooved animals into the "pet" category.
USA Today
March 5, 2010, 9am PST
Food trucks are hot in Los Angeles, but local restaurateurs are understandably upset by the surprise competition. Mobile vendors have banded together and established a "gourmet food lot" downtown as a sort of solution.
GOOD Magazine
March 4, 2010, 11am PST
A judge has banned Brookyln architect Robert M. Scarano Jr from submitting building plans to the city after many of his buildings allegedly were built taller or larger than the plans portrayed.
The New York Times
March 4, 2010, 5am PST
While the basis of last week's ruling is a 7-acre property, the decision temporarily opens the door for all agriculturally zoned properties in the county to be subdivided into 1-acre parcels.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
February 21, 2010, 1pm PST
In Anchorage, Alaska, planners are rolling out a substantial new version of their zoning code, which includes some design requirements like no blank walls. Business owners are up in arms over the proposed changes.
Anchorage Daily News
February 7, 2010, 1pm PST
Food trucks are becoming an increasingly visible part of streetlife in many cities, but few have figured out how to deal with them from a policy standpoint.
The City Fix
February 4, 2010, 7am PST
The <em>Guardian</em> asks prominent thinkers what sort of city London will be in 20 years.
Guardian
January 9, 2010, 5am PST
New parking lots and obstructed views of historic buildings would be forbidden under a new set of zoning rules being discussed for downtown Baltimore.
The Baltimore Sun
December 18, 2009, 5am PST
As climate talks start and stop in Copenhagen, Anthony Flint argues for local action by affecting the built environment. He calls for more infill redevelopment, saying "we need more city".
The Boston Globe
December 9, 2009, 10am PST
A North Dakota man says he'll fight his city to keep his wind turbine.
The Bismarck Tribune
Blog post
December 4, 2009, 4pm PST

I am prompted to report on this issue I came across in a news item last week. A Baptist minister in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, buried his 18-year-old son, who died three days after a car crash on July 12, in the backyard of the pastor’s church. While state law doesn’t prohibit this, some county and local ordinances do, and this county, Fayette County, only allows burials on large parcels zoned for agricultural use. The church has only five acres and is in a residential zone.

Dwight Merriam