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    Cyburbian Mud Princess's avatar
    Aug 2002

    New tool for public notification of projects

    Has anyone else seen this? What a great idea... leave it to the Brits.

    One day you pass that quaint row of shops in your neighbourhood only to discover it’s being demolished to make way for a parking lot. If only you’d known about the tear-down plans well enough in advance you could have lodged a protest. That’s where PlanningAlerts.com comes in. The UK startup functions as a targeted search engine, digitally scouring local government agencies’ online records for news of construction projects destined to affect the lives of local residents. Residents can sign up, enter a postal code and receive alerts by email. Result: if there’s a public meeting scheduled to discuss zoning changes in a nearby subdivision, users receive word of the meeting’s time and place...
    Apparently PlanningAlerts.com is currently available only in selected areas of the UK, but I think it would be a fabulous tool in the U.S. too. Although cynics might dismiss this as more ammunition for NIMBYs, a commenter noted that the idea for the project emerged as a way to bring supporters of a proposed drug treatment center out to planning board meetings.

    Read the rest of the article here.

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    Cyburbian Richi's avatar
    Jan 2008
    Tallahassee, FL
    There was a recent thred about disapearing newspapers and the impact that may have on public notofication. This might replace the newspaper ad, but only if (at least in Florida) state law is changed.

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