Governor Jerry Brown’s “Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals” proposal will have far-reaching consequences on urban planning in cities and counties across California. However, there has been little discussion about the real-world consequences of this policy on the planning profession with regard to public participation. [Read more…] about Why Gov. Brown’s housing plan is bad for planning
Should redevelopment in California be brought back from the dead? If so, what if any changes should be made? (Or if you are not a Californian, how is redevelopment working in your area or how should it be changed?) [Read more…] about Redevelopment Redux?
Yesterday, June 15, 2011, the California Legislature passed a budget that diverts essentially all redevelopment agency funding to school districts. The legislation, if signed by Gov. Brown as expected, disbands redevelopment agencies statewide but allows them to reconstitute conditioned on $1.7 billion in property tax contributions to school districts in fiscal year 2011-2012 and $400 million/yr. thereafter. [Read more…] about Only the Courts can Save CA Redevelopment Now . . .