Smart growth news – June 10, 2011

‘Smart growth,’ water savings are linked
El Paso Times (Texas), June 6, 2011
Higher-density “smart growth” neighborhoods located in the right places could delay by decades an expensive plan to pump water to El Paso from other parts of Texas, the city’s top water official said Wednesday. “It’s not a matter of water supply; it’s a matter of infrastructure,” Ed Archuleta, El Paso Water Utilities president and chief executive officer, told members of the Public Service Board at their Wednesday meeting.

Chelmsford hosting Smart Growth seminar
Wicked Local Chelmsford (Mass.), June 9, 2011
It’s easy to be confused by the economic terms bandied about, particularly “growth” and “development” – but wonder no more. These words and others will be explained at an event starting Thursday, June 16 at the Chelmsford Senior Center. The economic development consultant Smart Growth America will hold a presentation on sustainable growth practices, especially as suggested in the Chelmsford Master Plan, from 7 to 9 p.m. A full-day workshop will take place the following Friday.

Trumka speaks to Chamber board directors
The Hill, June 8, 2011
On Wednesday morning, Trumka told a closed meeting of the Chamber’s board that the country needs to rebuild its crumbling infrastructure. The push for more spending on roads, bridges and highways has become a common cause this year for the labor federation and the business group. Trumka and Tom Donohue, the Chamber’s president and CEO, have made several joint appearances together, including testifying together before Congress.

Community uniting to reverse sprawl trend in Winston-Salem
Yes! Weekly (NC), June 8, 2011
On June 2, around 75 people attended Smart Growth vs. Urban Sprawl, an event at Temple Emanuel designed to highlight both the negative aspects of sprawl and a number of alternatives through video, guest speakers and song. Joines and Bennett were two of the guest speakers, along with Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of the temple, Russ Dubois of the Creative Corridors Coalition and Judy Hunt, one of the city’s principal planners.

Lawmakers mull historic tax credit return
Providence Business News, June 8, 2011
“We at Grow Smart Rhode Island are convinced that Rhode Island needs more robust economic growth as well as belt tightening to overcome our long-term structural budget deficit and to expand economic opportunity for our residents,” Executive Director Scott Wolf said in prepared testimony. “An austerity agenda without an accompanying prosperity agenda is doomed to keep us chasing our fiscal tail and failing far short of reaching the potential we deserve based on our many outstanding physical, nature and institutional assets.”

R.I.’s historic mills, await their next chapter
Providence Journal, June 9, 2011
John Flaherty, spokesman for Grow Smart Rhode Island, cited the Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket, which houses 64 tenants, including design studios, law offices, photographers and jewelry makers, an insurance agency, a yoga center and a violin maker. Flaherty described the complex as “a beehive of activity” and said “to put that back into use in Pawtucket is a great thing. It beats mowing down forests and farmland” to build new. And, he said, “It’s right on a bus route.”

U.S. EPA to advise Granville on sustainability Thursday
Newark Advocate (NJ), June 8, 2011
Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program will spend Thursday giving advice to Granville officials on eliminating barriers or gaps in the village’s zoning code that are preventing the community from getting the type of development it wants.

Despite slower growth, road projects still justified, DOT says
Las Vegas Sun, June 9, 2011
While growth in the southern Las Vegas Valley has slowed considerably, transportation officials are still moving forward with plans to add new interchanges to Interstate 15 in areas that expect future growth.

Money saving moves cut pump prices
USA Today, June 10, 2011
While the price of regular gasoline has fallen to an average of $3.73 a gallon — 6% below 2011’s $3.98 peak — savvy consumers are pushing costs down with a combination of old shopping tricks and new technology.

MSD board votes to approve clean water settlement
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), June 10, 2011
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District trustee board voted Thursday for a plan to settle a 4-year-old lawsuit that alleged the violation of several federal clean water laws. The settlement will require the sewer district to spend about $4.7 billion on various improvements.

Region’s residents invited to dump the pump for a day
Citizens Voice (Penn.), June 9, 2011
Amid high gas prices, people can ride buses for free in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties on Thursday, June 16…Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association with cooperation of the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA), the day encourages people to ride public transportation and save money instead of driving a car.

Opinion: Why raising the federal gas tax is smart
Washington Post, June 8, 2011
A bluff and opinionated veteran of the sharp-elbowed private-equity business, Dan Akerson has not exactly avoided controversy since taking over as chief executive officer at General Motors. So it’s not surprising that he would blurt out his view that the U.S. government ought to increase gasoline taxes by 50 cents to a dollar per gallon.

Opinion: Connect city bus hub, other transportation
The News Journal (Del.), June 8, 2011
It is in the state’s best interest to make strategic investments that not only solve short-term issues created by the growth in public transportation use (i.e. the current situation with the use of Rodney Square as a bus hub), but investments that also support long-term strategies while promoting the continued growth in the number of people willing to use public transportation.

Letter: Ignore land use plan at city’s peril
The Daily Reflector (NC), June 9, 2011
The current land use plan is not law, but is a very useful tool and guide for Greenville’s future growth. Follow it and Greenville thrives with smart growth where we all benefit. Ignore it and Greenville becomes a city of hodge-podge commercial development, with many neighborhoods suffering the negative effects, and a handful of powerful people benefiting.