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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

Zoning for Trader Joe’s – is there a better way?

Trader Joe's coming soon banner

Trade Joe’s stores are so popular that zoning laws are drafted to accommodate them while keeping out competitors, and communities[Read More…]

Are the NFL Chargers causing the NCAA Aztecs to lose?

NFL Chargers and NCAA Aztecs jerseys side by side

Are the San Diego National Football League (NFL) Chargers causing the San Diego State University Aztecs football team to lose[Read More…]

Demo for Parking – They’re at it Again in Downtown San Diego!

8th Ave. San Diego - buildings threatened by demolition for surface parking.

Despite community plan policies disfavoring surface parking and encouraging the retention of fine grain development, the adaptive reuse of existing structures, and encouraging walking, biking,[Read More…]

What is a safe distance to live or work near high auto emission roads?

Illustration: Particulate Matter Cloud near roadways

People who live and work within a certain proximity to major roadways have higher illness and mortality rates. Is it time to create quarantine buffer zones around highways? If so, what is the safe distance?

Who will win the carbon reduction economy?

Wind turbines off the coast of Belgium

There is an age old war in the global economy.  It’s a war that always has the same winner but[Read More…]

Five reasons losing an NFL football team is good for a city

Qualcomm Stadium aerial Google

My family will attest, I’m a San Diego Chargers football fan. During football season, not only is the TV tuned[Read More…]

San Diego DCPC – new downtown projects for November 2014

The San Diego Downtown Community Planning Committee (DCPC-SD) meets again Wednesday November 12, 2014 with a couple of new projects,[Read More…]

Parking lot no more at Fifth & J in the Gaslamp Quarter?

5th & J Gaslamp Quarter San Diego - former site of Gran Havana Cafe and Cigars and two historic buildings

An invitation was emailed last week for a ground breaking ceremony to be held on Wednesday Oct. 8, at 10:00[Read More…]

Urban Discovery Academy Announces Sale of $10,900,000 in Muni Bonds for Construction of New East Village Campus

Urban Discovery Academy announcement

On Wednesday September 24, 2014, the Urban Discovery Academy announced that it successfully sold $10,900,000 in municipal bonds for construction of its[Read More…]

6 Common Mistakes Made By Cities and Towns in Urban Renewal.

La Mesa Streetscape Masterplan Figure 5

For the last half century, cities have attempted to repair the damage to their urban cores from migration to suburbs[Read More…]

HGTV Design Professional Casting Call

FTB2 - Open Casting Calls Flyer

UrbDeZine just received the following email:  Hi, my name is Heather Wetzel and I am a casting coordinator for season[Read More…]

Who Hijacked La Mesa’s Trees?

La Mesa Streetscape Masterplan Figure 5

The City of La Mesa has cut down all the shade trees along its commercial mainstreet. This occurred as construction[Read More…]

July 15 – 30 San Diego Design Events San Diego

Tijuana Art Center

July 16, 2014, 10:00 am, ULI Webinar on Tax-Exempt Infrastructure Financing July 16, 2014, 1-3pm · Save Our Heritage Organisation –[Read More…]

Artful Utilities

Gas #1

Interesting gas, fire, and water utility forms encountered walking from B St. to the Imperial Ave Trolley Station in downtown[Read More…]

Bill Fulton to speak at Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County on May 30th

Bill Fulton to speak to Alcohol Policy Panel San Diego County May 30, 2014

City of San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton, one of the most respected planning minds in the country, will speak[Read More…]

TR Produce Creative Space Proposal Another Example of City Council’s Folly in Approving Demolition of Other Creative Space.

Interior TR Produce Underground Elephant

The long vacant ground floor of the TR Produce Building (888 J Street) may finally receive an occupant under a[Read More…]

Civic San Diego releases proposed bike share location map and report

San Diego Bike Share Program Proposed Location Map

Civic San Diego releases proposed bike share location map and report:

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…]