Smart Growth News – November 16, 2012

Top stories:

Idaho Smart Growth doles out annual awards
Idaho Business Review – November 13, 2012
While the Nov. 8 news cycle was abuzz with post-election high-fives and hand wringing, more than 100 people, disregarding political stripes, but high on the future, quietly gathered at The Grove to honor nine winners. It was Idaho Smart Growth’s 2012 fete for Grow Smart awardees – those who, selected by a jury, best exemplified smart growth principles in nine categories.

Calif. High-Speed Rail Faces Crucial Court Ruling
Associated Press via ABC News – November 16, 2012
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley is expected to decide Friday whether to grant a preliminary injunction that would temporarily halt the ambitious infrastructure project. That would prevent the state’s rail authority from buying land along the proposed route and continuing with site surveys, engineering design work and geological testing that began months ago.

San Francisco Eco-District Plan Could Transform South Of Market Forever
Huffington Post – November 15, 2012
Last month, the San Francisco Planning Department released a framework for the city’s first eco-district, taking an oft-ignored area of a city and reorienting it toward community-driven sustainability with a focus on innovative uses of pubic space.

Who May be the Next Transportation Secretary?
Governing – November 15, 2012
As President Barack Obama begins his transition into a second term, transportation stakeholders and advocates are wondering who he’ll tap to join his cabinet as the next transportation secretary.

Local news:

P.G. lawmakers consider fast-tracking transit projects
Washington Examiner – November 14, 2012
A discussion on fostering development near Metro stations quickly turned into a pointed — and, officials hope, constructive — indictment of Prince George’s County’s planning and zoning process.

California Chamber of Commerce sues to ‘invalidate’ state’s auction of carbon credits
Sacramento Bee (CA) – November 14, 2012
The California Chamber of Commerce sued the state today in a last-minute protest against the historic “cap and trade” greenhouse gas auction set for Wednesday.

CTA cites union talks for budget delay
Chicago Tribune (IL) – November 15, 2012
CTA officials abruptly postponed the scheduled noon release of the transit agency’s 2013 budget today, citing progress in negotiations with its unions on possible savings of millions of dollars.

Residents team with city to draft growth plan for west Ventura
Ventura County Star (CA) – November 15, 2012
Eclectic, diverse and full of personality are ways some residents proudly describe west Ventura. Disorganized, unregulated and perhaps messy are descriptions city planners might use instead. But regardless of how one views Ventura’s original neighborhood, the city is moving to finish plans that will help shape development there in the decades to come.

UT System Approves $102 Million Office in Downtown Austin
KUT News (TX) – November 15, 2012
A major new tenant is moving into downtown Austin: not a hot new tech company, but the University of Texas System.