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.

Homeowners Association Board Selection and Functioning

When a homeowners association board is chosen carefully, receives training, and treats residents respectfully, all HOA members benefit.

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Design Standards versus Performance Standards

Visitor Question: If design standards and performance standards appear in the same division of a development code, can both be used to bring a code violation

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Can a city itself apply for rezoning

Visitor Question: In our town we have a weird situation. Our city council thinks they can just fill out a rezoning application form and then steamroll

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Mixed-Income Housing Promotes Exciting Neighborhoods and Social Equity

A mixed-income housing stock increases equity and makes a neighborhood accessible to young and marginalized people, renews street life and energizes civic life.

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Do I follow original deed restrictions or all future changes too

Visitor Question: I just want to know if I have to follow and obey all deed restrictions and bylaws that I originally signed with my deed OR all the ones

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Entrepreneurs Can Use the HUB Zone in Urban Core Areas

Visitor Comment: A really cool tool for businesses in the 'hood is the HUB zone program, which the U.S. Small Business Administration runs. Unlike some

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A Housing Condition Survey Helps Spot Trends

A housing condition survey helps communities or neighborhoods quantify and visualize housing quality issues. Your group can do it youselves.

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Renting a commercial building for a church

Visitor Question: We opened a home based new church/mission in Colton, CA City. Now the number of members has grown to about 24 people, thank God, and

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21 Government Housing Assistance Programs for You or the Neighborhood

Learn how each major government housing assistance program can help you find solutions for your community.

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Converting a storefront into a church

Visitor Question: I have a building with four addresses, 2133-2135-2137-2139 W. Manchester Ave. I want to convert 2139 into a small church. What are the

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Code Enforcement says too much stuff

Visitor Question: My husband has ADD. He lost his job and as a result, he buys and sells things. He got cited from Code Enforcement for having too much

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Can code enforcement officers take furniture from backyard

Visitor Question: Okay so I came home to find multiple things missing from my backyard such as our kids' basketball hoop and pole with a fiberglass backboard,

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Does a foreclosure void a deed?

Visitor Question: It looks like a friend of mine is headed toward foreclosure. He hasn't been able to pay his mortgage regularly since this epidemic began

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Attracting a grocery store to a rural small town

Visitor Question: How do we attract a grocery store to our town? Editors Reply: Thank you for giving your zip code, which allowed us to see that you are

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Process to rezone property to industrial

Visitor Question: The property I am asking about is on a busy road that connects to the second busiest road in the county. It backs up to the interstate.

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