Kaid Benfield discusses the winners of the 2009 EPA smart growth award.
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Last night, Pittsburg’s City Council certified the environmental report for the Railroad Avenue Specific Plan, a FOCUS Priority Development Area. This is a significant step toward development of the planned eBART station and associated mixed-use transit-oriented development in Pittsburg and Contra Costa County.
The Railroad Avenue Specific Plan is the third successful station area plan funded by MTC’s 2005 Station Area Planning Program, an initiative to finance planning efforts that will boost transit use, increase housing supply and jobs near transit stations and along transit corridors, increase walking, biking and other alternative forms of transportation, and supply key retail and services near transit.
By providing opportunities for development of a maximum of 1,800 new dwelling units and approximately 990,000 square feet of office and retail uses in the station area, with an emphasis on creating walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, the Specific Plan will go far towards attaining the FOCUS goals of establishing complete communites around transit.
This article looks at proposed new rules for the Berkeley and Oakland downtowns, and provides a really good discussion about the environmental benefits of compact development; controversies around balancing green building, affordable housing, density, and building heights; and the impacts that the proposed development standards might have on the likelihood of generating development based on market realities.
Marin Independent Journal editorial discusses Marin’s preservation past, the effects of development spilling over to neighboring counties on congestion, and the potential of infill development around transit hubs.
Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) study that surveyed a number of research efforts finds smart growth policies and improved transportation choices have the potential to reduce per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by 10% below 2005 levels.