Innovating For More Equitable and Inclusive Plans

October 5, 2020
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Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to spend a week with a group of graduate students and public/private sector professionals from around the country. While the topic that brought us together was historic preservation, participants came from diverse fields and included planners, historians, art conservators, museum curators, academics, community activists, carpenters, preservationists, and a building deconstruction specialist, among others. The background, experience, age, race/ethnicity, and focus of the participants was as varied as

Tiny Houses are Still on Our Minds

June 19, 2020
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As Clarion Associates works with our community partners to plan and zone for innovative new types of housing, Tiny Houses are always a topic of discussion. In fact, they seem to be getting more attention as unemployment figures rise and an economic downturn seems more likely.  Discussions about Tiny Houses tend to be confused, however, because different speakers mean

wind turbines on a snowy hillside

Creating a More Sustainable Development Code

May 27, 2020
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“Think globally, act locally” is one of the core tenets of the environmental movement – encouraging people to make small changes within their control to collectively address large-scale environmental issues. The concept, which has become a popular bumper sticker slogan and rallying cry for climate action, was first introduced in 1915 by Scottish town planner

Virtual Public Meetings

May 7, 2020

As the national response to COVID-19 continues to focus on the need for social distancing, Clarion has been exploring options for conducting virtual public meetings and hearings in order to keep the business of governing moving forward. The bottom line is that local governments’ ability to conduct business with virtual or electronic is mostly a