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    Published on 31 Jan 2012 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Demographics
    2. Development and Real Estate

    Veloise writes:

    Interesting article about Richard Florida. (prospect.org)

    "In our interview, Florida shies away from making the abandonment argument as forthrightly. He tells me his Atlantic piece was the "best thing I've ever done" but backs away from it under questioning. "I'm not saying abandon these places," he says. "I'm saying, number one, invest in their assets, number two, invest in their connective fiber" to other cities. He is an advocate of building high-speed rail to link cities like Detroit, Buffalo, and Milwaukee to Chicago and Toronto. What he really opposes, he says, is propping up industries like auto manufacturing. He recognizes that expecting people to leave home for his creative hubs is "gut wrenching" and laments the "massive geographic inequality" that will result. ...
    Published on 30 Jan 2012 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Land Use and Zoning
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    bureaucrat#3 writes:

    Recently we've had someone ask about putting a vehicle auction center on a site that previously held an auto dealership. I've been searching the internet and haven't found many regulations dealing with this use specifically. I also have never been to an auto auction, so I'm not completely sure of the differences. I know they would have auctions 1-2 times a week, so you could expect larger crowds fewer times a week, but thats about it. So do you have any experiences with auctions, any examples of good regulations or any other thoughts on the issue. ...
    Published on 27 Jan 2012 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Land Use and Zoning

    RGC writes:

    Due to the economic recession, the close proximity to the university campus, and the allowance of 200 bedrooms per acre, downtown Athens is experiencing an increasing turnover of commercial properties to student housing development, which has raised infrastructure and land use concerns.

    How do other college towns regulate residential density in their downtown areas? Do you have a maximum allowed density by number of bedrooms or dwelling units per acre, or is it limited by other standards, such as FAR and dwelling unit size?
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    Published on 24 Jan 2012 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Education
    2. Planning Practice
    3. Practitioners and People
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    Cardinal writes:

    From the LinkedIn site:

    It is with deep regret that we have to report that after 20 years in business as an independently owned and operated publication for citizen planners, the Planning Commissioners Journal will be ending publication this Spring. Unfortunately, the long economic recession and the impact it has had on municipalities—who make up over 90 percent of our subscription base—has left us in a position where it is simply not economically feasible to continue publication.
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    Published on 28 Dec 2011 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Land Use and Zoning

    FightingIllini07 writes:

    Currently the sign section of our zoning ordinance is pretty restrictive to off premise signs, we require 1,000' separation.

    The issue we've ran into is we have a newly created medical district off of the downtown which has 3-4 major employers. These major employers and and rents a number of parcels that they use for parking and other ancillary functions. They want to install signs on these properties which direct individuals to the main building or to other sites on their individual campus.
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    Published on 27 Dec 2011 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Transportation

    MacheteJones writes:

    We're working on a climate action plan in the community I plan for, and one of the draft recommendations that I proposed for the plan would be for the municipality to create a bicycle and pedestrian web page that would contain recommended bike routes on low traffic streets, point out areas with sidewalks, and have information on the health and environmental benefits of walking and biking.

    I presented this concept to my planning director and was shot down on account that such a website would create a potential liability for the municipality - reason being that if someone were to get hurt while following one of the recommended routes, the municipality could be subect to a lawsuit. Is there a way to do this while reducing the lawsuit risk, or is the only way to pull this off to create a full-blown bike/ped plan with screenline counts, consultant engineers, and the works? Thanks, everyone.
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    Published on 23 Dec 2011 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Planning Practice
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    Hagadin writes:

    In 2005 Williamsburg saw a re-zoning by the city that allowed for a number of residential towers to be put up along its waterfront. The community put together its own plan and had that plan approved by local government, but saw its plan largely ignored in the re-zoning. The re-zoned area allowed for the towers which are of a much greater height than the surrounding residential area and eliminated much of the light industry in the area. ...

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