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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Worst planning moves of 2004

    We're nearing the end of the year, so let's start the nomination process for worst planning decisions of the year 2004. I'll go first: Oregon's Measure 37. Next? Winner is awarded a warm can of Coors Light.

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    The approval of the expansion to the Santiago Comp Plan so now Santiago has around 30,000 more hectares to continue sprawling....
    You can't make a worse decision than that! (unless of course you're being paid off by the developers )

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    Ontario's Bill 126 for the implementation of a green belt.

    NB's continued ignoring of CLURE (10 years and counting, not a single planning reform worth note)
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Heres a UK one for you;

    Choose from either:
    • Delivery of Local Authority Planning Grants (from Central Government) based on performance in deciding planning applications within 8 weeks, or..
    • Reduction in house building numbers in the south east of the Country to appease the NIMBYs

    The first one has had the effect of reducing negotiation, increasing quick refusals and thus increasing appeals, the second one will lead to many more problems over non-affordable housing and increasing homelessness over the next 20 years.

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    From the Ohio Valley...

    Here in Louisville, KY a candidate for the worst planning move has to be the halt placed on plans that were underway for a light rail transit system. When will they learn?

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    APA's nomination of Buffalo's Strategic Plan for an award in March.

    http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial...16/1031355.asp

    Hey, any plan that has a casino in it, must be a good plan

    And a downtown with half of it already devoted to parking must be a well planned city


    Although some of the projects are underway, I see "red-tape" holding back most of the projects.
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    I forgot 6 more, that being the number of places that made mistakes this year by not hiring me, or offering me embarrassing low wages.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Every day I see new Wal Marts, Home Depots, Toys/Babies/Dogs/Cats/Boomers R' Us, Best Buys, etc. along with their modest parking lots and access roads being constructed. Therefore, my vote for the worst planning move of 2004 is ironically the lack of a move from our decision makers to vote on legislation providing alternatives to sprawl. I love irony!

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    I'm going to second RichmondJake's nomination. That's probably not just the worst decision this year, but probably the worst one in a few years.

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    Growth Management.......huh?

    How about clinging to "Growth Management" policies designed to create sprawl concurrency in "built out" counties in SE Florida.... I think it should now be called "Vertical" Enhancement of Growth for Infill or VEGI.....ha ha ha.....
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    I officially cannot comment on the worst planning moves of 2004.

    And I'm with Donk, calling out the many, many, many individuals who sent out "please f-off" letters during the past year(s).

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    Quote Originally posted by nerudite
    I'm going to second RichmondJake's nomination. That's probably not just the worst decision this year, but probably the worst one in a few years.
    I have spent more time today processing M37 claims than just about anything else. I don't think any of them will amount to much as they mostly pertain to local regulations that stem from federal laws (federal laws are exempt from claims) but what a time waster.........Bah humbug!

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    Quote Originally posted by Seabishop
    I officially cannot comment on the worst planning moves of 2004.

    And I'm with Donk, calling out the many, many, many individuals who sent out "please f-off" letters during the past year(s).

    At least you get PFO's most of mine never let me know that they did not select me.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    There were some pretty bad moves by our county commissioners today. Oh hell, it's just a job. After Christmas, I'll need to take and post some pictures of how we're ruining the beach.

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    Sprawl creeped into our midtown this year, when oddly, our planning comission approved the construction of a small strip center with a 300ft setback. Everything in the neighborhood is 15 - 25ft setback, except this new strip center. Our architectural review board opposed it, as did our historical society and many NIMBY's (including me), regardless of the outcry our city council voted to approve it (they approve anything that will generate at least 3 dollars a month)


    Oh another thing. Instead of taking the advice of a NYC based planning firm of reducing the amount of lanes and adding parallel parking to reduce traffic and create a pedestrian friendly street along our Bay, the city instead decided to construct a pedestrian bridge to provide pedestrian access to the water, now cars can keep on going 65 MPH downtown with no problem!!

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