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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.

Construction Material Recycling Important to Saving Landfill Space

Construction material recycling benefits the environment through reducing landfill volume and energy and transportation costs. Asphalt, concrete, drywall, shingles, and others can be recycled.

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Inclusionary Zoning May Produce Below Market Rate Housing

Inclusionary zoning means assuring that the local zoning ordinance is flexible enough to allow production of new below-market-rate housing.

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Church Zoning May Be Permitted, With Conditions, in Many Districts

Once church zoning was permitted as of right in residential districts. However, traffic issues have led to requirements such as special use permits. But courts also limit zoning restrictions.

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A Definition of Community Development That Encompasses Everyone

Most volunteers believe an awkward definition of community development centered only on lower-income neighborhoods. Broadening your vision will open your eyes to new projects in your back yard.

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Check Out the Community Development Ebooks!

This page details community development ebooks written by the authors of this site.

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How to Fundraise for Neighborhood and Community Associations

Discovering how to fundraise for a neighborhood association while having fun together and publicizing your community will keep your group strong.

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Amendment to Restriction Never Recorded

Visitor Question: We bought a house on 1 acre in a non-zoned county neighborhood which is just a street. Animals are restricted; however the real estate

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Funds to fix up an abandoned house

Visitor Question: We found an abandoned house that's in not too bad of shape. The former owners left quite a bit of junk. It's a really good price. I think

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Beach Nourishment Programs Offer Complex Advantages and Disadvantages

Beach nourishment programs transfer sand from an offsite location to replenish an area torn apart by erosion or storm. This page explains the environmental and economic advantages of these projects.

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Significance of Community Edges

Visitor Question: I wonder about whether the term edge or community edge is really important. I hear this discussed sometimes when I attend various citizen

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Must heir sign to change deed restriction

Visitor Question: I was approached by a realtor who sold property beside my parents' home. There's a restriction saying no mobile home. I was asked to

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Easing Common Neighborhood Traffic Concerns

We pose solutions to neighborhood traffic issues such as bottlenecks, speeding, problem intersections, shortcuts through residential areas, and conflicts with peds and bikes.

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Advantages and disadvantages of felt need approach

Visitor Question: What are five advantages and five disadvantages of the felt need approach? Editors' Reply: We don't know whether we can give you five

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Code enforcement officer in backyard without consent

Visitor Question: Hi. I am a resident of the Village of BISCAYNE Park, Dade County. I have the code enforcement officer harassing me since I made a complaint

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Role of Community Development Organizations in Conflict Resolution

Visitor Question: What are the causes of conflict and what is the role of community development organisations in their resolution? Editors Reply: The

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