CdA council puzzles over piecing together mixed-use development along Spokane River

The city of Coeur d’Alene has acquired almost 5 acres of land adjacent to an ambitious, publicly owned. mixed-use development on a prime spot near downtown and on the banks of the Spokane River.

Now it has to decide what to do with it.

That decision was the subject of a lengthy presentation and discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, where council members, Mayor Steve Widmyer, an engineer enlisted to help design the development and the head of the city’s urban renewal agency, ignite CDA, discussed their options.

The possibilities on the table ranged from creating a gated community on the triangular parcel to building office, hotel or apartment towers, to constructing a mix of townhomes and houses.

Council members ultimately decided to take a couple of weeks to mull over the kind of decision usually left to private developers.

As they do so, they will have to consider a

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Housing development guidelines approved by county council

HURON COUNTY – Residential development proposals will soon have a comprehensive document to ensure that housing developers understand the community’s goals and expectations.

Andrea Sinclair, urban designer for MHBC Planning Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, presented the final Residential Intensification Guidelines (RIGS) to Huron County council on Nov. 4.

The motion was approved to accept the guidelines, and staff will distribute copies to local municipalities for information.

These guidelines will help when evaluating development proposals and provide the community with more housing choices.

The document mainly focuses on multi-unit development and will apply to all residential intensification projects in the county. The guidelines also address residential conversions and Additional Residential Units (ARUs).

The RIGS are intended to be used by the builder and development community to guide residential developments. The guidelines address a full range of design considerations, including site layout, building design, parking, and landscaping.

The guidelines, not meant

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British Council, Design Center to lead design economy mapping in PH


THE British Council in the Philippines and Design Center of the Philippines are leading a pioneering design economy mapping in the country.

The organizations have commissioned a study to analyze the economic contribution and value chain of the design industry by mapping the design ecosystem of nine cities: Manila, Makati, Quezon, Taguig, Baguio, Pampanga, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

Recommendations from this undertaking will contribute towards the formulation of a National Design Policy to support the Philippines’ development agenda following the impact of Covid-19 on designers and creative enterprises in the country.

“The Philippines has a rich design tradition. However, its impact and contribution are not fully understood. With this mapping project, we hope to provide an evidence-based model of the country’s design ecosystem that would be instructive on how we can unleash the power of design to nurture globally competitive MSMEs and contribute design-led strategies to nation

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Council hears support for bill that could downsize of East Towson development, concern measure could lead to lawsuit

While many Towson residents voiced support Tuesday for a bill that would effectively cut in half the height of the proposed Red Maple Place housing development, Baltimore County’s attorney testified to the county council that its passage would make the county vulnerable to a lawsuit for violating the Fair Housing Act.

The bill up for discussion, proposed by County Councilman David Marks, restricts the height of multifamily buildings within 500 feet of the downtown Towson district to no more than 30 feet, or roughly two-and-a-half stories tall.

But much of Tuesday’s discussion of this bill focused on Red Maple Place, a proposed 56-unit affordable housing complex nearing the end of its development review process. It would be located on Joppa Road on a sloping piece of land where opponents say development would exacerbate stormwater runoff into a branch of the Herring Run river.

Dana Johnson, president and chief executive officer

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