Smart Growth News – December 27, 2013

Group Appeals 460 Plan
The Suffolk Herald (VA) – December 23, 2013
Taxpayers will have to pay to maintain both new and existing roads, they say, and the project “would cause significant environmental harm, yet it would do little to address the critical transportation needs of the Hampton Roads region.”

Planner Tells Halfmoon Officials to Prepare for Aging Demographics
The Saratogian (NY) – December 23, 2013
One approach communities like Halfmoon can tap to deal with population increases, Ferraro said, is to take a closer look at a concept called “smart growth.”

South Jersey Turning Tainted Sites into Attractions
The Press of Atlantic City – December 25, 2013
Egg Harbor Township cut the ribbon on its new Nature Reserve this fall, marking the rebirth of the former sandpit once described by a judge as “a scar on the landscape.”

Metro Eyes New Transit Ballot Measure
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal (CA) – December 26, 2013
“Our goal is to ensure that transportation funding supports a comprehensive regional plan that includes rail connections to our airports, upgrades to Metrolink and projects benefiting communities neglected by Measure J.”

Updating Streets for Multiple Uses Requires a New Board
The Alexandria Times (VA) – December 26, 2013
On November 25, the city traffic and parking board deferred a proposal to add bike lanes to King Street just west of the Metro station, asking for further review. In so doing, the board ignored the hard work that city staff has done to implement the city policy known as complete streets, which was approved in 2011.