Fast Food Restuarant

All Development Is Not Created Equal

conducted in Virginia, a planning commissioner told me that a national restaurant chain wanted to erect an enormous sign — more than double the size permitted by county ordinance — next to their proposed restaurant…

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Green Infrastructure

…Washington, DC. McMahon is a frequent speaker at conferences on planning and land development. Over the past 21 years, we’ve been pleased to have published more than two dozen articles by McMahon in the Planning…

Parade of signs along U.S. 50 near Ocean City, Maryland.

On-Premise Sign Regulation

The answer is obvious: too often signs are misused, poorly planned, oversized, inappropriately lit, badly located, and altogether too numerous. A good sign code is pro-business, since an attractive business district will attract more customers…

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What’s So Bad About Zoning?

…reduce property values. Myth # 4 – Planning is a bad idea. Ed McMahon is one of the country’s most incisive analysts of planning and land use issues and trends. He holds the Charles Fraser…

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Building Codes Get Smarter

for safety and accessibility (just as new buildings do), they can be evaluated and regulated differently. … The New Jersey Rehabilitation Subcode has reduced building rehabilitation costs by as much as 50 percent — generating…

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Road Design: A Turn Ahead

told federal rules “require” the new wider bridge. Does this sound familiar? Well it should because this scenario, in one form or another, has been repeated through America. Over-scaled, over-priced highway projects are imposed, where…

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Green Enhances Growth

…the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. McMahon is a frequent speaker at conferences on planning and land development. Over the past 21 years, we’ve been pleased to have published more than two dozen articles…

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Design Matters

speaker at conferences on planning and land development. Over the past 21 years, we’ve been pleased to have published more than two dozen articles by McMahon in the Planning Commissioners Journal, and now on PlannersWeb.com….

Tourists and traffic In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, an entry point to Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gateway Communities

…between haphazard development and planned growth. In the 1990s, two million more Americans moved from metropolitan centers to rural areas than migrated the other way. With their natural beauty and high quality of life, gateway…