CP&DR News Summary, February 11, 2013: Cordova Hills Project Approved
Fanning fears that the Sacramento Region won't be able to meet SB 375 emissions reduction standards, Sacramento County supervisors have approved the sprawling South County Cordova Hills project.
Before the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, 95% of local affordable housing dollars came from redevelopment. With RDAs dead in California, cities are being forced to try and close the money gap with other pots of money, namely namely being those reserved for affordable housing.
A proposal to ease parking minimums in Santa Monica is in no way a “war on cars,” says Paul Barter of Reinventing Parking. Barter makes the case that people’s dependency on the automobile is not going to be alleviated by easing parking minimums. Rather it’s the traditional zoning policies that require excessive parking to blame.
The federal government is the biggest landlord in the nation. In this blog from Atlantic Cities, NRDC's Kaid Benfield remind the Government Services Administration that with big development rights comes big responsibility, and advises that its real estate endeavors should give higher priority to how its development decisions impact community life and neighborhood connectivity.
As advocacy groups from both ends of the spectrum are launching CEQA campaigns, state senate leaders Darrell Steinberg and Michael Rubio are trying to create a common outline for the new bill to help guide the process.
A plan to move the northernmost runway at LAX 260 feet closer to homes in Westchester is moving forward despite opposition, but the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners voted to approve the LAX modernization plan last week. However, the plan still has several hoops it needs to jump through before changes can begin to take place.
Fresno held its annual State of Downtown Breakfast last Tuesday, where urban designer and architect, Henry Beer, led the discussion for how Fresno can improve its downtown. To no one's surprise, the topic of discussion was the city’s downtown Fulton Mall, and again, to no one's surprise, Beer urged Fresno to reopen the mall to cars.
Three out of the four parklets of the city’s pilot parklets program opened to the public last week, and they have already received wide praise from city officials and the public. Highland Park’s parklet opened last Saturday and two parklets on Spring Street opened last Thursday as part of the city’s larger efforts to create a more active and pedestrian friendly downtown.