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About Bill Adams

Bill Adams is the founder and chief editor of UrbDeZine. He is also a partner in the San Diego law firm of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. He has been involved with land use and urban renewal for nearly 25 years, both as a professional and as a personal passion. He currently sits on the Boards of San Diego Historic Streetcars, The San Diego Architectural Foundation, The Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, and The Gaslamp Quarter Association Land Use Planning Committee.

Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP is a boutique land use firm which handles a wide range of land and building related matters, from permitting to litigation, including:

- Discretionary use applications and appeals, including alcoholic beverage sales, entertainment, industrial, social services, educational, hospitality, etc.
- Zoning variances
- Municipal code and regulatory amendments
- Litigation, including eminent domain, access and easements, CEQA, environmental, and preservation
Professional website: www.nmalawfirm.com

K – 8 Charter School Proposes Move to New Campus in East Village San Diego

Urban Discovery Academy

The Urban Discovery School, currently located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood just north of downtown San Diego, is proposing a[Read More...]

Revised 11th & Broadway Pinnacle Project in Design Review – San Diego

View from 11th & E St - Pinnacle

A revised Pinnacle project for 11th & Broadway is in design review at Civic San Diego.  The main difference seems[Read More...]

Fairfield Inn to provide “real infill” in Downtown San Diego

Fairfield Inn from 6th & F

The smallish gap (75′ wide) between the Andaz Hotel and the Jewelers’ Exchange Building, now being used as a parking[Read More...]

Blue Sky Breaks Brown Ground

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It appears that the massive Blue Sky project, on the block bounded by B & A Streets and 8th &[Read More...]

Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth

La Mesa CA

In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density[Read More...]

When is a “Smart Growth” Project a “Trojan Horse”? – Park Station as a case study.

Park Station La Mesa

In the wake of California’s now defunct redevelopment program and the 2008 real estate collapse, examples abound of demolished or[Read More...]

Land Use Planning Committee looking for Home after getting Axed by Gaslamp Board

Gaslamp Quarter south entrance

The Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) board of directors has decided to rid itself of its Land Use Planning Committee (LUP).[Read More...]

Car Share: Bridge to Greater Transit Use for Car Lovin’ Southern California?

Car2Go Cabrillo Highway

As I occasionally do, today I used Car2Go for a mid-day meeting.  I took the trolley to work. I had[Read More...]

Why Downtown San Diego Pedestrians Stop for Cars More Than Any Other City and What to do About it.

San Diego small block street grid

San Diego’s downtown street grid and its small blocks make continuous walking difficult, especially for people trying to go in[Read More...]