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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.

Nonprofit Board Development for Neighborhood or Community Groups

Nonprofit board development for neighborhoods and communities can improve the capacity of your leaders to work together, produce results, and increase their own inclusiveness and diversity.

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Deed restriction for veterans only

Visitor Question: Is it possible to create a deed restriction to allow only veterans or people living with (married to or children of) veterans? Editors

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Neighborhood Court Monitoring Has Potential to Decrease Crime

Court monitoring programs allow neighborhood residents to influence sentencing, present impact statements, facilitate wholeness for victims, and increase awareness of the criminal justice system.

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Structure Civilian Oversight for Independence To Build Trust

Civilian oversight boards can help your city develop and maintain police accountability to residents. Deal with poor policing decisions honestly and transparently to further community faith in the police department.

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What a Community Development Program Actually Does

Visitor Question: What is the main function of the community development? And what does community development program actually do to further develop the

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Sound Annexation Policy Meets Multiple Good Planning Objectives

Annexation may be a tool to reduce the likelihood of future blight, to bring zoning and subdivision regulation consistency throughout a growing urban area, and to help control sprawl and random growth. This article includes a sample policy and discussion of resident role.

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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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How to deal with a business that is never open

Visitor Question: We are a little township still with 3,000 people in Crockett, Ca.94525 (bay area). There is a business name removed in the center of

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Creating Impactful Public Fountains

Visitor Submission and Question: I've been wondering about how our large suburban neighborhood adjacent to a major city could maximize a major donation

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Industrial Wind Turbines in R1 District

Visitor Question: Penn Forest Township is a rural municipality in Carbon County, PA. Two applications were submitted seeking to erect 30+ wind turbines

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Property rezoned after purchase

Visitor Question: I purchased a 1 acre piece of property in west central Georgia on 7/6/2018 through the Property for Sale-Georgia State Properties Commission

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Pond fountain requirement

Visitor Question: Is a pond fountain required in ponds exceeding a certain depth? Editors Respond: When dealing with a question of this sort, we always

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Does civil rights violation make all covenants void

Visitor Question: Do all covenants become void if one covenant is now illegal? The City Council is telling me that since our documents still have the Caucasian

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Selective enforcement of deed restrictions

Visitor Question: I live in Gulf Gate, Sarasota. After living in this neighborhood and the same house for 20 years we decided to replace an old 4 foot

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Can code enforcement make me move

Visitor Question: I live in a good size travel trailer outside of the city limits at the end of a privately owned dirt road, out of sight from any type

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