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Land-use Planning Webinar to Focus on ‘Clean & Green Act’

July 31, 2013 - in Announcement, Planning

Penn State Extension will offer a web-based seminar focusing on the Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act, also known as the "Clean & Green" Act. The 90-minute webinar, slated for 1 p.m. Aug. 7,  will feature Doug Wolfgang, director of…

Geoinformatics and Energy Experts Call for Clear Goals for Renewable Energy

July 30, 2013 - in Energy, Planning, Projects

In the latest issue of the journal “Information”, a group of scientists demonstrate that the transition of our energy systems also needs a strong…

Fighting Disaster with Better Land-Use Planning

July 6, 2013 - in Emergency, Planning

As different parts of the world stagger through the process of recovering from various natural disasters, we’re sure to be hearing more and more about…

Supreme Court Ruling Makes it Harder for Communities to Adapt

June 30, 2013 - in Uncategorized

Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling in the case Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the legal equivalent of a wrestling undercard, was a little bit surprising. The 5-4 ruling essentially scolded government for being overzealous in imposing requirements…

EPA Report Details How Development Can Impact Public Health, Environment

June 17, 2013 - in Analysis, Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment – the way we build our cities and towns – directly affects our environment and public health. The report was announced by EPA Acting…

University of Toronto’s City Centre Detail a 60-year Evolution of the City

March 24, 2013 - in Analysis, Planning

Toronto’s land-use maps are important planning tools but they lack detail and are often out-of-date. Municipal planning diagrams don’t provide much detail, and the province doesn’t make its land-use data available to researchers. Zoning and approved…

University of Toronto's City Centre Detail a 60-year Evolution of the City

March 24, 2013 - in Analysis, Planning

Toronto’s land-use maps are important planning tools but they lack detail and are often out-of-date. Municipal planning diagrams don’t provide much detail, and the province doesn’t make its land-use data available to researchers. Zoning and approved…

The Innovative Metropolis: Fostering Economic Competitiveness through Sustainable Urban Design

March 3, 2013 - in Announcement, Smart Cities

As global cities have embraced sustainable urban design and entrepreneurism, their strategies can serve as a source of inspiration and new knowledge to U.S. cities and beyond. By pairing best practices from international metros with their U.S. counterparts,…

Is Zoning an Obsolete Measure to Shape Growth?

February 17, 2013 - in Uncategorized

Let’s dump the word “zoning,” as in zoning ordinances that govern how land is developed and how buildings often are designed. Land-use regulation is still needed, but zoning increasingly has become a conceptually inappropriate term, an obsolete characterization…

EPA Provides Tools for Sustainable Communities

February 6, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a first-of-its kind report showing how low-income, minority and tribal communities can apply smart growth land use and development strategies to create healthy communities, spur economic growth…