Planning Issues In Depth

Ventura County releases their Draft Wireless Ordinance

Up to this point, the County has relied on their CUP code and permit process for just about all wireless projects. Their draft ordinance attempts to balance the influx of CUP applications, neighborhood concerns of proliferation, and the Federal Government’s ongoing winnowing of local agency control.


2015 POTM!

What’s that big ‘sucking’ noise you ask? Well, it might (still) be Ventura stealing all the planners from Santa Barbara! Our POTM features public and private movement in the industry… from retirements to appointments to JOBS! YAY JOBS!


San Jose’s Downtown Doors Program – Student artists beautify the public realm

San Jose engages students to place art in urban areas to fight blight; an article by Juan Borrelli, AICP, who is a City Planner in San Jose and Planning Historian. Juan invites you to follow him on Facebook, where he leaves a vivid trail of public art and elongated pennies, amongst other items of interest.


New GHG protocol recruits ranchers in fight against climate change

The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association has announced the approval of a new greenhouse gas emission reduction credit protocol that recruits ranchers in the fight against climate change. Anne Coates from the Cachuma Resource Conservation District says that, “It was a big deal to get them to accept it for carbon credits.”


Texas Housing Case Tests Civil-Rights Doctrine

In a case of “be careful what you wish for,” the Supreme’s take up a case that could pose drastic changes – if not damages – on the affordable housing marketplace. But, some feel that “People need to get over this idea that just because they weren’t trying to hurt people that they weren’t hurting people…” Note, the full article is behind WSJ’s paywall.


UBER – Valued at $41B

“Uber also is exploring using its fleet of drivers to transport goods and services in addition to people. The company has tested deliveries of items including ice cream, flu shots and fresh meals …” Yes, but can local developers purchase Uber in-lieu traffic impact credits?


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CA Legislature Passes Historic Legislation Fundamentally Changing California Groundwater Law

Used to be the longest ‘straw’ controlled the water. So for many, SB-1168 and AB-1739 catch CA law up to where the rest of the Western US is with proactive groundwater basin management planning. But for some, it’s a whittling away of that bundle of protected property rights.


Santa Barbara County Land Conservation Bank is Established

Developers, municipalities, other government agencies and various stakeholders combine to create a Land Bank which will protect and preserve over 853-acres of critical CTS habitat forever.


City of Santa Barbara updates its Zoning Ordinance

The City seeks to update its 1957 code by making it more ‘user friendly,’ clarify decision making and respond to non-conforming situations, amongst other improvements.


POTM – Area Planners on the Move

In our long overdue POTM update, we have public and private sector movement and promotions, from Ojai to Santa Maria

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