Solimar Research Group Launches New Web Site

"Virtual Library" Contains 45 Research Reports

Solimar Research Group, a land-use policy firm based in Southern California, has just launched a revamped web site ( providing much more information about the firms' products and services – as well as a "virtual library" containing 45 research reports the firm has produced since 1999.

"The new web site is not only more attractive, but it really gives people the information they need about Solimar and about the land use issues we deal with," said William Fulton, Solimar's president and CEO. The web site was designed by Urban Insight of Los Angeles.

The web site also contains blogs from staff members at Solimar and its sister publication, California Planning & Development Report, as well as news reports on Solimar's work throughout California and the West. Recently news articles include Solimar's views on land-use planning and fire hazards in Southern California – reported by national columnist Neal Peirce – and transferable development rights programs in Santa Barbara County, California, and Gallatin County, Montana.
The virtual library is a comprehensive library of almost all research reports Solimar has worked on since it was founded. The first report was a summary of growth management policies throughout Southern California in the 1990s, which was originally issued by Claremont Graduate University Research Insitute; the most recent is a guidebook for developing mixed-use districts for the Torrance/Redondo Beach area of Los Angeles, issued by the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.

Solimar's mission is to provide solid research and policy analysis on land-use and related issues so that government land-use policymakers can make informed decisions. The firm's main product lines include:

• Infill Development Policies and Site Identification

• Growth Management and Smart Growth Policy Implementation

• Transferable Development Rights Feasibility Analyses