Smart growth news – September 29

New Austin blueprint envisions new direction for growth
The Statesman (Texas), September 28, 2011
After two years of debates and committee meetings, Austin officials have unveiled a broad vision for growth that condemns traditional suburban development and is garnering both praise and skepticism.

Smart Growth Policies Face Overhaul
NJ Spotlight, September 28, 2011
The state is thinking about revamping its policies dealing with what projects receive financial incentives to reduce energy use in buildings, a change smart growth advocates fear will lead to further sprawl and loss of open space.

HUD grant would help homeowners in 4 Iowa counties
KTIV (Iowa), September 27, 2011
Residents that experienced tornado and damaging winds back in April may get some financial help from the federal government. The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) has submitted an application to the state of Iowa to help certain home owners whose homes were damaged from the strong winds.

Ranson, other W.Va. areas receive federal monies
The Journal (W.Va.), September 29, 2011
An economic development initiative in Ranson is among five projects in West Virginia that were recently chosen to receive federal money administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a news release from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Sea Bright Smart Growth plan moves forward
The Hub (N.J.), September 29, 2011
Plans are progressing to revitalize the Sea Bright waterfront to attract more people to the borough beach and make it a year-round destination.

Map identifies vacant properties available to businesses
TribLocal (Ill.), September 28, 2011
These are descriptions of the properties available for retail or commercial development in Elmhurst and identified on a Google map which, along with others that identify available office and industrial spaces, were developed by the city’s marketing consultant, Findzall Community Marketing.

Next Step for Main Street: Bring Retail Downtown
Free Times (S.C.), September 28, 2011
But Main Street is at the point right now where it needs some serious retail. After years of city streetscaping; the formation of the City Center Partnership; cultural institutions like the Columbia Museum of Art, the new Tapp’s Arts Center and yet-to-open Nickelodeon Theatre moving in; big new anchor tenant Mast General Store bringing in tourist and retail traffic; and with several new restaurants opening; Main Street is ready for new retail businesses to draw more people downtown.

Town to upgrade plans for land use
North Virginia Daily, September 29, 2011
The plan considers growth opportunities and threats, as well as studies the demand among residential, commercial and industrial development. The town’s ability to annex property will be noteworthy in the next few years as, starting in January 2013, it will have the right to bring in the North Shenandoah Industrial Park, Taylor said. An increased focus on the conservation of properties should also be expected, he said.

Video: Northern Virginia Rally for Green Transportation Choices
Vienna Patch (Va.), September 28, 2011
They stretched from the Dunn Loring Community Park to the Dunn Loring Metro Station on Saturday morning, some on foot and some on bike but all for the same purpose: a call to move beyond roads in favor of more public transit, more bike lanes and more sidewalks.

Peter Katz Named Arlington County Planning Director
Arlington County News (Va.), September 28, 2011
Peter Katz, a nationally recognized proponent of New Urbanism who played a key role in shaping the movement, has been named the Director of Planning for Arlington County’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development.

Opinion: Land use compromise can end city’s housing identity crisis
The Register Guard (Ore.), September 29, 2011
Eugene is and has been in a long-standing housing identity crisis, one that has made it difficult to establish an agreeable future growth plan. Although there are countless viewpoints throughout our tight-knit community on how the future land supply and housing industry should look for the next 20 years, it appears that we are fast approaching an important fork in the road with the Envision Eugene land study and pending urban growth boundary expansion decision.