In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density and proximity to transit corridors sometimes overshadow all other considerations. Zoning and Community plans years in the making, with wide participation, are now being viewed by some property owners and city officials as obsolete and vulnerable. Local residents are increasingly resentful as they experience frontal assaults to the scale and character of their neighborhoods – the essence of how they identify with their neighborhoods. Continue Reading Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth
San Diego County – Smart Growth advocacy group MOVE Alliance has endorsed the Park Station proposed project in the City of La Mesa, reported the La Mesa Patch on Febrary 17. The project proponents paid a $2,500 application fee to MOVE and after review were selected as the group’s first endorsement. MOVE liked the project’s high density, proximity to mass transit, mixed use, and pedestrian amenities. Continue Reading Park Station La Mesa: Smart Growth or Zone Buster?