Already an epic-scale tragedy, California's wildfires--consuming a record 4 million acres this year--are effectively shrinking the amount of land available for housing and prompting planners to make tough choices between growth and safety >>read more
Newly appointed Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research Kate Gordon spoke with CP&DR’s Josh Stephens about her transition into the public sector as California’s de facto chief planner. >>read more
This month's selection of In Brief items includes: Legislative Analyst's Office suggests the state consider wildfire threats when planning developments near wilderness; Santa Ana voters support plans for Orange County's would-be tallest building; Private investors back away from plans for hotel and convention center; Battle over Bolsa Chica is perhaps over; and much more. >>read more
The wildfires of late October and early November - which some fire experts claim were the worst in the state's history - have stimulated a whole new round of debate about whether and how to permit urban development in areas with naturally high fire risk.