Virginia

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How Virginia Counties Use Zoning to Stifle Development

Some state legislators are proposing action at the state level as counties block development using zoning and development requirements even as housing prices rise sharply in the region.

January 23, 2023 - The Virginia Mercury

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The Benefits of Walking in Urban Green Spaces

A new study by researchers in Virginia found that walking in a quiet urban setting with shade and greenery can significantly improve mood and reduce stress.

January 17, 2023 - VCU News

Virginia

How High Costs Derailed Richmond’s Speed Limit Change

After voting to lower speed limits citywide, Richmond found itself with a $5.2 million bill for new signage, prompting the city council to pull the ordinance.

January 8, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

The Yards Park, in Washington, D.C.

Want to Swim in the Potomac? Army Corps to Study the Possibility

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could soon study how to legalize swimming in the rivers around the nation’s capital—a scenario that would have seemed impossible in the not-too-distant past.

December 27, 2022 - DCist

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The Crucial Role of Suburban Voters in the Midterms

Suburban voters were instrumental in preventing a 'red wave' on Election Day and on December 6 in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election, enabling the Democrats to win a 51st Senate seat.

December 25, 2022 - CNN

View of intersection in Fairfax, Virginia with three-story building and cars in intersection

Shifting the Focus for Transportation Planning in Fairfax County

Fairfax County wants to move away from a heavy reliance on level of service in favor of more pedestrian- and transit-oriented planning.

December 22, 2022 - FFX Now

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Causes and Effects of Widespread Data Center Development

While it’s unlikely to expect local and state governments to insist that data center developments locate somewhere else, specific policy steps can ensure a more positive impact for communities.

December 21, 2022 - The Virginia Mercury

Fairfax County Considering Bicycle Parking Minimums

Similar to vehicle parking requirements, the proposal would create a tiered system for minimum bike parking spots in new developments.

December 8, 2022 - FFX Now

A conceptual rendering of new buildings around the Huntington Metro station in Virginia.

A New Transit Oriented Vision for Fairfax County, Virginia

A new transit station area plan is reaching the finishing line for the Huntington Metro station, serving the WMATA’s Yellow Line in Northern Virginia.

November 30, 2022 - FFX Now

Aerial view of Alexandria, Virginia from over Potomac River

Alexandria Could Undertake Major Zoning Reform

The city is developing a plan to address housing affordability and equity and encourage more housing production.

November 22, 2022 - Alexandria Now

Intercity Rail

Virginia Amtrak Ridership Soars Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

The four state-managed Amtrak lines are seeing increases of as much as 65 percent in ridership.

November 15, 2022 - WRIC

The High Cost of Free Parking

The United Nations Calls on U.S. Planners to Break Land Use, Transportation Status Quo

“We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.”

November 13, 2022 - Greater Greater Washington

Two-story wooden homes with big tree in front in Arlington County, Virginia

Housing Density Dividing Voters in Arlington County

The race for the county’s only board seat pits proponents of ‘missing middle housing and higher density against residents concerned about outsized growth.

November 2, 2022 - The Washington Post

Trail through forested area in Virginia

Virginia Office of Trails Allocated $89 Million

The newly formed agency is tasked with developing and improving trail networks in the state.

October 28, 2022 - The Virginia Mercury

Pulse bus rapid transit station with blue bus pulled in in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Transit to Add Bus Stop Benches, Shelters

The region’s transit agency plans to install new benches and shelters at as many as 75 percent of bus stops systemwide.

October 19, 2022 - Greater Greater Washington

Virginia

How Banks Perpetuate Overbuilt Parking

Even as cities and states are reducing or eliminating parking requirements, lenders often require parking to release loans to developers.

October 13, 2022 - Axios

Virginia Toll Lanes

Meet Virginia’s Newest Variable Toll Lanes

Recently opened express lanes on a nine-mile stretch of Interstate 66 will now charge variable tolls based on traffic congestion.

September 29, 2022 - WTOP

Electric Cars

Will California's EV Rule Spread to Other States?

Last month California banned the sale of new light duty vehicles powered by internal combustion engines by 2035. Over a dozen other states have the ability to adopt the same rule, but will they? The Associated Press investigates nine of them.

September 7, 2022 - The Associated Press

Amtrak

Virginia’s Intercity Rail Investments Paying Off in New Ridership

State-supported rail lines in Virginia set a new ridership record in July.

September 2, 2022 - Sun Gazette

Urban Living

D.C. Could Lead the Downtown Office Conversion Trend

Many urban cores around the country are faced with increasing office vacancies concurrently with a housing affordability crisis caused, at least in part, by a lack of supply. D.C. is particularly primed for a wave of adaptive reuse.

August 25, 2022 - Archinect

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