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Useful Community Development: What's New

Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages and time-sensitive or short items we want to bring to your attention. Sometimes we also add short items of interest, especially time-sensitive notes about conferences, webinars, or seasons.

How to add deed restrictions

Visitor Question: How can we add restrictions? Editors Reply: Generally speaking, the process should be deciding exactly what you think you want to add,

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Building whatever I want

Visitor Question: If I own a property with no deed restrictions, could I build whatever I want on the property? Or if it was a yurt in Florida would that

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Fewer homeowners and tenants are keeping up homes

Visitor Question: I live in Spokane, WA. I am new here and find this city has a lot of people who are neglecting their landscapes and houses in once very

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Permitted Uses on Nonprofit Property

Visitor Question: Our nonprofit owns and is located on property that was formerly charter school property. Initially, the land was zoned with a special

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Grandfathered housing development zoning

Visitor Question: Does the owner have any legal problems if his density is more than the R-3 zoning? The owner wants to rezone his property to R-4 to match

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Membership superstore to benefit the community

Visitor Question: I am from Pakistan, and I want to solve my community's problems. I want to open a superstore and have community people buy everything

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Who is responsible for knowing deed restriction rules

Visitor Question: I live in a deed restricted neighborhood, and when I first moved into the neighborhood I had Culligan's water softener company come out

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Nuisance rental property

Visitor Question: I have contacted both the landlord and City Council about a tenant that lives near me. The tenant engages in drug activities, violence

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Multiple Gas Leaf Blowers

Visitor Question: What should you do when your quiet urban/suburban community allows landscaping services to operate two or more gas power blowers along

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Business in a subdivision

Visitor Question I live in a Texas rural area, three miles from Pleasanton. I have called every county department for answers, and no one knows the answer.

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Winter Newsletter Ideas for Neighborhoods and Homeowner Associations

If you need winter newsletter ideas or prompts for your social media during colder months, this page provides some useful cues.

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Buffer requirements

Visitor Question: My question is how to interpret the term abuts in a zoning ordinance. Our ordinance says this. Where a commercial business or industrial

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Agricultural Zoning as a Useful Tool in Fighting Sprawl

Agricultural zoning is useful to towns trying to preserve farming and fight sprawl. Beneficial to both farmer and town, learn how to apply this zoning.

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Subdivision sells small park to create revenue to improve large park

Visitor Question: My subdivision owns a small park (1 acre) and a large park (6 acres). We have limited revenue. My question is what requirements would

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Rezoning happens during construction

Visitor Question: What are the options of a developer of an apartment building under construction and the zoning changes to single family houses? Editors

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