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Jump To It, Chancellor

Setting no less a person than the Chancellor of the Exchequer four tests he must meet if the infrastructure needs of the nation are to be met sounds like it could be the action of a pretty independent body. With HM Treasury effectively running domestic policy, as it has done for some decades now, su...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 May 2019

When The Dog Fails To Bark

An essential function of an environmental watchdog is holding the Government to account. Not my words but those of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee chair Neil Parish following the highly critical
Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 May 2019

Connecting Glasgow

I remain surprised by how many people in the UK still believe that converting our cities to sustainable transport by restricting motor vehicles and prioritizing public transport, rail-based especially, cycling and walking is neither politically nor practically possible. Can I direct anyone who still...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 29 April 2019

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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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