Conflicts Abound: How Future Development Threatens Critical Migratory Bird Habitat Along Utah's Wasatch Front

Conflicts Abound: How Future Development Threatens Critical Migratory Bird Habitat Along Utah's Wasatch Front

The Wasatch Front is a north-to-south urbanizing corridor, sandwiched between two natural features: the Wasatch Mountain Range and the Great Salt Lake (GSL). The GSL also supports millions of migratory birds annually, and is considered North America’s single most important interior wetland for birds by the National Audubon Society. Both developers and conservationists are striving to understand potential conflicts between these two, opposing land uses in the wildland-urban interface as the population continues to expand.

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Ms. Millar goes to (Olympia) Washington : Planning Commission Best Practices

Ms. Millar goes to (Olympia) Washington : Planning Commission Best Practices

After 22 years of staffing planning boards in Montana, I now serve as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Olympia Planning Commission in my new hometown, Olympia, Washington.  Rather than elaborate on these differences, I want to share my observations on how the Olympia Planning Commission operates and point out what I believe are best practices that might be applied to other planning boards/commissions.

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When is One More Lot Too Much? Rural Residential Development

When is One More Lot Too Much? Rural Residential Development

For those planners whose professional mainstay is guiding the development of rural residential lots, pursuing the holy grail of an ordinance that can be universally applied across the expansive sea of the agricultural prairie can feel akin to throwing spaghetti at the wall. There is no definitive right way to go about it. But I offer you here the Morton County approach, as one policy perspective.

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Downtown Las Vegas Form-Based Code: A Nevada First

Downtown Las Vegas Form-Based Code: A Nevada First

The City of Las Vegas has adopted the first Form-Based Code in the State of Nevada following two years of hard work, focused education of city staff, officials and local residents, and robust community engagement. This is a major step in implementing the city’s Vision 2045 Downtown Las Vegas Master Plan. City officials believe the new code will lead to a more compact, vibrant downtown and support sustainable growth and economic vitality. The enthusiastic reception of the new code is a result of an “educational and informed” approach which featured the Form-Based Code Institute’s (FBCI) comprehensive three-course curriculum on form-based codes.

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Planning for Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities

Planning for Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities

For city and county planners it is important to consider appropriate locations for the placement of EV charging stations. For most, this task probably means looking at land-use classifications and making zoning interpretations. This article was originally published in the North Dakota Planning Association newsletter. by Will Hutchings, City of Bismarck, North Dakota

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Meet Sid Fox, AICP - a Wyoming planner working on wind energy

Meet Sid Fox, AICP - a Wyoming planner working on wind energy

Sid Fox, AICP is the Planning Director for Carbon County in Wyoming. He started with Carbon County in the spring of 2010. The planning staff of three serves as the administrative support for the County Planning & Zoning Commission. Their main role is to implement the County Comprehensive Plan through administration of zoning and subdivision regulations.

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APA AK hands out awards at 2019 conference

APA AK hands out awards at 2019 conference

The 2019 Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association State Planning Conference was a huge success. The following awards were presented and celebrated: Comprehensive Plan Award - Sitka 2030 Comprehensive Plan; Award for Planning Leadership - Planning Advocate of the Year—Sara Jansen; Award for Planning Team - Municipality of Anchorage Long-Range Planning Division; and Award for a Leader, Planner of the Year - John Czarnezki, Director of Economic Development and Planning for the City of Soldotna, AK. by Jon Cecil, AICP, Anchorage, AK

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Western Governors’ Association to launch Rural West Initiative; Needs your input

Western Governors’ Association to launch Rural West Initiative; Needs your input

The Western Governors’ Association is launching an initiative in July 2019 to examine the challenges facing rural western communities and identify strategies to improve economic development opportunities, infrastructure, and quality of life in the rural West. WGA invites you to share your perspective to help shape the initiative.

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Light rail expansion in Phoenix, AZ - When citizen's design desires differ from project-funded design

Light rail expansion in Phoenix, AZ - When citizen's design desires differ from project-funded design

The article is about the City of Phoenix, citizen groups, and the light rail expansion into South Phoenix where the design desires of citizens differ from project-funded design. On September 26, 2018, the Phoenix City Council voted to continue to move forward with the current two-lane design for the South Central Light Rail Extension. The vote followed a previous council decision, which requested Valley Metro look into a four-lane design and conduct extensive community outreach. by Joshua Matthews, AICP

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The Modern Wildfire Situation

The Modern Wildfire Situation

Western wildfires in recent years demonstrate the urgency in which we need to adapt to fire in order to be more resilient in the communities we call home. This article describes what may be called the modern wildfire situation with some of the forces driving wildfire conditions today, resources, and a community example planners can use to participate in wildfire adaptation in their communities. by Christopher Jones, Globe, Arizona

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Shared Housing: Cooperatives as a Shared Housing Option

Shared Housing: Cooperatives as a Shared Housing Option

Beginning in 2014, fast-rising rents and home prices in Boulder fueled a city-led communitywide housing conversation, Housing Boulder. As part of this conversation, cooperative housing was proposed as a tool to expand housing choice. Unlike elsewhere, the definition of cooperative housing in Boulder isn’t solely resident shareholders in a corporation that owns a building. It is a group living arrangement with consensus governance and shared responsibility and resources. by Crystal Launder and Sloane Walbert, AICP

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