Dark Skies A Sign of The Times

Dark Skies A Sign of The Times

The residents in and around the City of Sierra Vista, Arizona value their dark skies and the ability to observe celestial phenomena, so much so that this area has attracted numerous amateur astronomers from all over the country. When a local business owner requested a code amendment to allow Electronic Message Center (EMC) signs, which had been prohibited, the city created a sign task force to develop Sign and Outdoor Light Control amendments. Carefully crafted ordinancesgo a long way to protecting this important regional asset. by Jeff Pregler, AICP

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Williston overhauls sign regulations

Williston overhauls sign  regulations

The City of Williston, North Dakota needed a larger overhaul of sign regulations that truly took into account the wide variety of development types occurring in Williston as well as modernizing regulations. Education was a huge component of the ordinance effort. In the end, the city ended up with an ordinance that allows for more permanent signage for most properties, allows for more temporary signage, creates allowances for non-residential residentially zoned properties such as churches, creates flexibility for large commercial and campus-style properties, and represents and accommodates the needs of stakeholders. by Rachel Laqua

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Code Compliance: Difficulties and Ideas for Small Towns

Code Compliance: Difficulties and Ideas for Small Towns

Small towns face enormous hurdles in enforcing code. This article highlights the importance of small towns having strategies that work for their unique situation.  Although this article is directed to small-town leaders, the principles inherent in code enforcement strategies can benefit leaders, planners, and code enforcement officers in any community. by Kyle Slaughter

 

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New Mexico: What can a city do when its development process is fundamentally broken? Start again!

New Mexico: What can a city do when its development process is fundamentally broken?  Start again!

The article discusses Albuquerque’s efforts to overhaul its development review process with an Integrated Development Ordinance. by Andrew Webb and Mikaela Renz-Whitmore

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Montana’s Targeted Economic Development District Act Using tax increment financing in support of value-adding economic development

Montana’s Targeted Economic Development District Act Using tax increment financing in support of value-adding economic development

Since the passage of TEDD legislation in 2013, three TEDD districts have been established in Montana. by Janet Cornish and Lanette Windemaker, AICP

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Code drafting guidelines

Planning expert Scot Siegel provides guidelines to create your own punch list to help organize code so users can easily retrieve information.

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Understanding and Implementing Mixed-Use Development in the West: Case Studies from Bountiful, Utah

Understanding and Implementing Mixed-Use Development in the West: Case Studies from Bountiful, Utah

This article identifies several principles and concepts key to revitalizing and/or establishing the types of mixed-use development that once filled small town America. by Aric Jensen, AICP

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Using county zoning and infrastructure to create a new city in SD

Using county zoning and infrastructure to create a new city in SD

The formation of the Powder House Pass Community Improvement District will create a new development the size of a small town, located four miles from any infrastructure. by Amber Vogt

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When planning becomes most fowl

When planning becomes most fowl

Regulating people’s animals can raise public ire so it needs to be done right. The article gives a review of regulations in Western states. by Jason Radtke

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HOW TO ASSEMBLE A SUCCESSFUL MIXED-USE DISTRICT

HOW TO ASSEMBLE A SUCCESSFUL MIXED-USE DISTRICT

When revitalizing a mixed-use district or building one from scratch, every design decision must be made with the pedestrian in mind. by Michele E. Reeves

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