One of the most remarkable aspects of Oregon planning law is the “urban growth boundary” (UGB). A look at how it works.
Many planning commissions, through the comprehensive plan and other tools, seek to better manage and direct the timing and location of growth in their community. These articles look at different aspects of growth management.
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One of the Portland, Oregon, metro area’s most ambitious goals is to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Significant progress has already been made, but much more remains to be accomplished.
Demographic changes raise questions about what scale of development best fits neighborhoods and commercial districts. Planner and contributing writer Beth Humstone on how to respond to these questions.
A follow up conversation with Beth Humstone about her recent PCJ article on urban growth boundaries.
Planning for the impacts of new development can make a difference to your municipality’s fiscal well-being.
How urban growth boundaries work, and why a growing number of metropolitan areas are using them.
Perhaps nothing gets a community more riled up than a discussion of density. How can you plan for the density that works best for your community?
Transit is making a remarkable comeback. But one of the most intriguing aspects is that it is being helped along by — and helping to stimulate — new development close by transit stops. A look how TOD works
A continuing challenge facing many local planning commissions is how to best plan for new development at the edge of existing settled areas. This can be particularly acute in communities facing growth pressure. A look at some tools and strategies for guiding development at the edge.
Decisions about school construction and renovation have profound implications for towns, cities, and counties nationwide. A look at trends & opportunities, impacts schools have, and the positive role planners and planning commissioners can play.
Planning Commissioners Journal columnist Greg Dale takes a look at two words that have been sweeping the nation: “smart growth.”
Smart growth promises less sprawl, reduced congestion, cleaner air, fewer wasted tax dollars, and revitalized neighborhoods. Yet advocates for low-income communities fear it may also lead to rising housing prices, displacing lower-income workers and their families and small businesses.
Designating areas where essential services, particularly sewer service, can be used is one of the opportunities local planners have to direct growth to locations that reinforce community goals. Kate Lampton explores how her town developed a sewer allocation ordinance.