Author Archives: Cristina Davia

Making Space for Tiny Houses

​Tiny houses are attracting a lot of attention. Advocates often tout the affordability and environmental friendliness of living in very small homes. Meanwhile, skeptics and detractors see a passing fad and caution against embracing tiny houses as a distinct type of dwelling. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes describes different types of tiny houses and explains how land-use and development regulations affect tiny-house living. Read more... Read more

Alabama’s Revamped Historic Tax Credit Aims to Spur Growth in Smaller Cities Too

Alabama’s renewed Historic Tax Credit program caps the total amount of tax credits per year at $20 million, and no single project can receive more than $5 million. There are some differences in the newest version, and chief among them is a requirement that 40 percent of the tax credits awarded each year be reserved for counties with 175,000 or fewer people. (That excludes Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Montgomery, Baldwin, Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties). Read more... Read more

Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

​Green infrastructure can help to maximize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of parks. This report includes recommendations on the types of projects that are most likely to attract positive attention and funding, and which provide a wide range of benefits. Read report... Read more

Design Your Town

This interactive web-based resource from the Regional Plan Association (RPA) is for citizen planners, professionals and anyone concerned about the quality of the villages and landscapes where they live. The website has attractive and sustainable designs for different kinds of places along with the details, policies and regulations needed for implementation. You can start by picking the kind of place you want to fix – from downtowns to rural villages – or by searching through best practices for landscape design,... Read more
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