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    Cyburbian Big Easy King's avatar
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    Planning Issues in Your Neck of the Woods

    As a Project Planner in "The Big Easy" (N.O.), I am confronted with local planning issues and/or constraints (hot planning topics) which pose challenges when assessing land use and infrastructure developments and/or improvements. Even with numerous and often difficult challenges, I truly enjoy assisting with effective development and growth in New Orleans.

    I'm sure that you are confronted with planning challenges in your community. Please indicate where you're located and please share the hot planning topics in your neck of the woods. What's up?

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    Big Easy King
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    Cyburbian Plus Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    I'm in Central Florida, north of Orlando:

    Development and/or an expressway in the Wekiva River Protection Area (in parts of 3 counties).

    Development pressure in rural areas (yes, we still have some left!)

    Development of student apartment complexes near the University of Central Florida

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
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    Southeastern Wisconsin.

    1) Light Rail for Milwaukee has been a hot topic for years, going on decades.

    2) Locally, a 'downtown' brownfield redevelopment that hasnt got off the ground in over 5 years.

    3) Coal fired Power plant construction in the community I live in. It's a necessary evil in my opinion.

    4) Tax levy freezes.

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    Cyburbian SGB's avatar
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    Southern Tier East of New York State:

    1) Retention, expansion and recruitment of agriculture and agri-businesses

    2) Infrastructure development (water, sewer, roads, natural gas, telecomm) to support business retention, expansion and recruitment efforts.

    3) Training of local planning boards. (Procedural due process is a very weak point right now with many of our communities.)

    4) Growing interest in non-motorized recreation trail development on public and private lands.

    5) Revision of the county comprehensive plan.
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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    Super Wal-Mart has been on the minds of a couple neighboring communities. One kept it out for good. The other has a moratorium in place, but may fail to follow through. Downtowns are getting a bit more attention.

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    Atlantic Canada

    Coastal Issues
    Water - quality and quantity
    Infrastructure refurbishing and financing (roads, water lines, sewers)
    Aggregate Extraction (pits and quarries near houses)
    Forestry management
    Factory farming
    Aquaculture
    Retail deveoplment - big boxes and dowtowns
    Helping people realize it is 2003 not 1903 and that you can't subdivide any way you want anymore.
    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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    Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    I'm in Central Florida, north of Orlando:

    Development of student apartment complexes near the University of Central Florida
    My brother is in one there
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    Do you mean which projects the planners are focusing on because they have political backing, which projects should be built, or which projects will get built?

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    Cyburbian Big Easy King's avatar
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    Originally posted by jordanb
    Do you mean which projects the planners are focusing on because they have political backing, which projects should be built, or which projects will get built?
    You can share any hot planning topic that's affecting your area and/or specifically affecting any development project(s) in your area.
    A person who strives is one who thrives. It's GREAT to be THE KING!!!

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    Cyburbian H's avatar
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    I want to share some projects so bad, but since I am with a consultant I donít feel it appropriate to the client relationship. But I will say that they all pretty much deal with South Floridaís out of control population growth.

    Example: housing, traffic, quality of life issues (parks), schools, econ development are big topics of concern I deal with; and in that order.
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    Cyburbian Plus Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    Originally posted by Huston
    My brother is in one there
    He needs to look out for the whacko who obsessively shows up at all the public hearings with stacks of print-outs from the Seminole and Orange County Sheriff's Offices re crime in student complexes. I won't be surprised if she goes postal or torches one of those places.

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    Let's see... where to start?

    1) Controlling development adjacent to Big Lake and the Sturgeon River. I am currently reviewing a few area structure plans that would cover about 400 or so acres of uplands to one of the most significant migratory bird breeding gounds in Alberta. The number one issue right now though, is the City's recent approval of a highway bypass through wetlands adjacent to the lake (and, for the record, I had nothing to do with this).

    2) Affordable housing is a huge concern here. St. Albert is an upper middle class community with a Council split on affordable housing. Right now the ruling majority are in favor of a 'pay for what you use' mentality, meaning no subsidization for anyone. As Alberta's enabling legislation does not permit such tools such as inclusionary zoning (unlike Ontario and BC), it looks like this City will not be providing any new affordable housing in the next several years (whenever a change of political climate on Council occurs).

    3) Sprawl. Edmonton and "country residential" in Sturgeon County are closing in on St. Albert from two sides (which I might add is the densest city in Alberta... and I'm not talking about the IQ of the citizens ).

    4) Rapid growth. Over the past five years, the growth rate has been hovering around 2.5% per annum. With only three planners in a town of nearly 60,000, we are busy all the time, and we have not been able to dedicate as much time as we would like to many of the bigger issues (environmental quality, affordable housing, etc.).

    5) Residential/Commercial balance. As a bedroom community we have 90% of our land dedicated to residential uses. We just can't attract the businesses, when Edmonton has so much money and incentives to throw their way. It makes for high residential taxes with not much other tax support. The City is now aiming to 'balance' the land uses to a 80/20 split.

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    Here in Columbus, Ohio

    A proposed light rail system

    A proposed cross-town road connection

    Genera sprawl/downtown redevelopment kinds of issues

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