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Planning how to spend 179 billion pounds is a challenge few of us ever have to face apart, of course, from those who happen to be manager of Real Madrid. Football may be dominating national discourse just at the moment, but Tuesday saw more than just the 100th birthday of the RAF and a World Cup sem...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 11 July 2018

Chemical Warfare

As you may have heard, this last week has been National Insect Week and the alarms are ringing ever more loudly warning that UK insects are in big trouble. And, as thoughtful people, you will also know that means big trouble for us humans. We can pretty well all provide anecdotal evidence about this...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 29 June 2018

Yours Cynically

Lifting the stone of official secrecy to see what is scuttling about underneath is always a rewarding process and the emails published by the Manchester Evening News are a case in point. They reveal an email trail between civil servants which show the Government knew three years ago it would be clos...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 23 June 2018

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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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