Noted conservation planner Randall Arendt offers a framework for subdivision review that encourages the preservation of open space and natural areas, while enhancing the market value of development.
Housing & Development
Some insights on our mix of housing, by Providence, Rhode Island architecture and urban planning columnist David Brussat.
Community land trusts are offering an increasing number of communities a way of developing long-term affordable housing. An introduction to the role community land trusts can play.
Steps planners can take to improve the quality, and acceptability, of multi-family housing.
Two award-winning architects discuss how they’ve approached integrating multi-family housing into residential neighborhoods.
Elaine Cogan offers strategies for dealing with NIMBYs when they show up at your meetings. Includes Sidebar, “Some Observations on NIMBY-ism,” by long-time planner, Perry Norton.
A brief overview of how environmental design principles can help deter neighborhood crime.
In Sarasota, police and planning departments have worked together to implement “CPTED” concepts in a rundown, high crime district. The results: reduced crime and a neighborhood on the road to recovery.
Why the explosive growth in “secure” developments across the nation harkens back to medieval Japan’s joka-machi or gated communities.
Attorney Mary McMaster provides an overview of “planned unit developments,” including considerations in preparing a PUD ordinance.
Planners and developers need to work together on issues that really matter, argues Joseph Molinaro of the National Association of Homebuilders.
Telecommuting is one part of a revolution bring sweeping changes in how and where we work.
Attorney Brett Weiss speaks to the need for more flexibility in zoning ordinances and restrictive covenants when dealing with home occupations.