For many cities that have endured the painful process of dissolving their redevelopment agencies, the bloodletting has begun anew.
As the inane “debate” over climate change drags on in the more benighted corners of our republic (Washington, D.C., included), it’s becoming abundantly clear that California is no longer the place where America’s fruits, nuts, and loose ends come to rest. I’ve been on the periphery of the stateside discussion of SB 375 for the past two years, so I know that it’s not news to say that there have been many earnest, productive discussions about it across the state.
CPD&R News Briefs, January 26, 2015: Infrastructure Districts; Ontario Airport Squabble; S.D.'s $3.9 Billion Problem; and moreBy CP&DR Staff on 25 January 2015 - 11:37am
In the latest step towards an alternative to redevelopment in Los Angeles, city officials are considering the creation of an “infrastructure district” to fund a $1 billion revitalization plan for the Los Angeles River.
Among all of California’s non-native tree species, one in particular may experience a growth spurt in the coming years. It’s not the fan palm or the eucalyptus but rather the cell-phone pine and its incongruous cousin, the cell-phone palm. A new rule, established in 2012 by the Federal Communications Commission and recently updated, might mean taller palms, bigger pines, and more prominent towers for cities that are caught flat-footed – even if they don’t the like the way the cell towers are disguised.
CP&DR News Briefs, January 19, 2015: Monterey County Settles Suit; NorCal Light Rail; Irvine (Non-)General PlanBy CP&DR Staff on 18 January 2015 - 12:37pm
Monterey County has settled a lawsuit over its General Plan filed by the LandWatch advocacy group. The settlement includes a commitment to addressing water supply problems and paying more than $400,000 in LandWatch’s legal bills.
There is, perhaps, no place on Earth so supremely well suited for high-speed rail as the leeward side of the island of Formosa. Sheltered from the Pacific winds, all of Taiwan's major cities hug the island's western coastal plain, unbroken by the mountains that characterize the interior. Running in nearly a straight line, the train covers the 214 miles from the Taipei to Zouying in two hours. It now carries 44 million passengers per year.
The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments December 2 in the major Berkeley Hillside CEQA exemptions case, focusing on the legal significance of the term "unusual circumstances".
While the genesis of the case is a single residence, the ruling may have statewide impact on the application of exceptions to categorical exemptions from CEQA. Thus, the case has attracted interest from environmental advocates, public agencies, preservation activists, and the development community across the state.
So, one of the biggest questions in planning and development today – in California and elsewhere – is what accounts for the Millenials’ preferences for urban living and less driving. Is it generational? Or a lousy economy?
“I think our answer is yes,” says Brian Taylor, an urban planning professor at UCLA and head of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies there.
CP&DR News Summary, October 23, 2014: Undoing an apartment tower in Hollywood; 'Waters Of' comment period closing soon; General Plan deadlock in SLOBy Martha Bridegam on 23 October 2014 - 1:00pm
In brief California land use news this week:
You think this is going to be another piece about the shortcomings and backfires of the California Environmental Quality Act. It’s not.