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Keep The Arc Lights Burning

The Government-apos-s latest publication on the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc is a very odd document. It announces itself as an opportunity to work with communities and local partners, but only so as to develop a plan for growth. Given the unsustainable level and form of growth already mooted for t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 February 2021

The Arc And Tranquillity

Writing about the English landscape in the 1950s, W.G. Hoskins remarked that the price of solitude was eternal vigilance. Seventy years later, solitude is a lost cause in most of the crowded south-east corner of England. Paradoxically, however, and for various reasons, loneliness has increased. To ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 19 February 2021

A Level Planning Field

If a society is to function smoothly and fairly, one necessity is an adequate level of health among the majority of its population. For this reason, the medical profession, human and institutional, is of huge importance. It is part of the critical infrastructure of a nation. And for this reason too,...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 26 January 2021

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US state capital aims at densification

Added on 12 December 2017

Olympia, the capital of Washington state, has proposed changes to planning regulations that would enable its population to grow by 38 percent by 2040 without an increase in urban sprawl.

The City′s latest comprehensive plan update aims to achieve denser development in urban areas by a series of regulatory changes. It will make it easier to build ″missing middle housing″, including basement apartments, backyard cottages, duplexes and triplexes, town houses, ″tiny houses″ etc..

″Like a lot of cities, we have low-density zoning districts that currently just allow single-family houses with very limited ability to do anything else″ says Leonard Bauer, Olympia′s deputy director of planning and development. ″We have some provision for townhouses, but beyond that, there′s not much for missing middle and those zones occupy nearly three-quarters of the city′s area.″

City planners aim to have the proposals in front of the Council early next year.

City of Olympia

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