Smart Growth News – January 25, 2013

New Takings Case Argued Before the Supreme Court
Planetizen – January 25, 2013
William Fulton examines the likely outcome of a takings case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

Can Lake Tahoe Stay Blue – and Get Smart?
Outside Magazine – January 25, 2013
The latest in a decades-long battle over how to best protect the awe-inspiring resources in the Lake Tahoe basin through thoughtful planning and management practices.

Transit hub and affordable homes to revitalize Miami’s Liberty City
Miami Herald (FL) – January 24, 2013
A more than decade-long battle to build a mixed-use transit hub in riot-torn Liberty City has finally gotten under way.

Do US cities need informal transit?
Next City – January 25, 2013
In many cities, informal transportation is simply the most convenient way to get around.

Young and old seek neighborhoods with ‘walkability’
Washington Examiner (DC) – January 25, 2013
Washington-area baby boomers are competing with younger millennials for properties in neighborhoods within walking distance of Metro stations, restaurants, groceries and health clubs.

Snagging tax-saving transportation benefits
MarketWatch – January 24, 2013
Employers can set aside more pre-tax dollars for commuters.

Local News

Complete streets policies at center of Morristown master plan process
Daily Record (NJ) – January 25, 2013
It’s been 10 years since Morristown’s current master plan was adopted, and now town officials are seeking public input into the next version of the plan.

Cornelius hopes for smart growth in urban re-design
The Herald Weekly (NC) – January 24, 2013
The Cornelius Town Board approved a proposal that could change the geographical layout of business and amenities throughout the town.

Spa City looks for Complete Streets money
Spotlight News (NY) – January 24, 2013
Saratoga Springs has taken another step forward in its plans for “Complete Streets” by applying for a grant that would fund a study to determine the most effective and safe routes for bicycles, pedestrians and mass transit.

Planner: Community housing not high-density
Idaho Mountain Express (ID) – January 25, 2013
Blaine County Land Use and Building Services staff strove to give commissioners a deeper idea of what density in the county’s Community Housing Overlay District would look like.

Lennar design accommodates multigenerational families
Miami Herald (FL) – January 25, 2013
Miami home builder taps into family housing trend with home-within-a-home concept in Homestead, Kendall and Doral.