Recently in Tulsa::Zoning Category


Jamil's was almost zoned out of business in the mid '60s, but the Oklahoma Supreme Court declared the original 1955 law creating metropolitan area planning commissions unconstitutional because of population requirements designed to limit the law's application to Tulsa County.

Urban Review STL: Euclidean Zoning To The Extreme

Good discussion of the evolution of use-based zoning, from Euclid v. Ambler to the present, and why St. Louis needs a new land use code to go along with its new comprehensive plan.

Preserve Midtown: Midtown Under Attack!

Good overview of the problems caused by teardowns, and what Preserve Midtown proposes to do about the problem.

Put Another Blog on the Fire: Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

A thoughtful and thorough synopsis and review of the classic book on what makes an urban place thrive or fail. (With PLANiTULSA underway, every serious thinker in the city should read or re-read this book.)

Measuring Urban Development Intensity

How might a New Urbanist Smart Code be applied to Tulsa? Heloisa Ceccato Mendes's project for her Master's Degree in Architectural Urban Studies at OU-Tulsa, in which she analyzes Tulsa's density, zoning, and land use using the New Urbanist concept of the transect -- the graduated range of land use from urban to rural. Lots of maps and illustrations.

The Austin Chronicle: News: Council Packs More 'P' Into Every PUD

Austin City Council is considering a revision to the city's Planned Unit Development ordinance, involving a council subcommittee at the beginning of the PUD process, rather than keeping the council out of it until the very end. The development lobby is unhappy.

Neighborhood Conservation District Study for the Town of Brookline, MA

Includes links to many neighborhood conservation ordinances around the country, plus samples of detailed guidelines for two districts in the town. (2.5 MB PDF.)

Institute for Justice: Property Rights: Doomsday? No Way

A study measures the impact of eminent domain reform on construction jobs, building permits, and property tax revenues: "The data reveal that post-Kelo reforms have provided greater protection to homes and small businesses without sacrificing economic health; securing property rights and stimulating economic development can coexist. With no ill economic effects--and with the substantial benefits strong reform provides the rightful owners of property and society as a whole--legislators nationwide should be encouraged to keep good reforms in place while pursuing new and stronger safeguards against eminent domain abuse."


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A very large PDF of the application and analysis for the Super Target development proposed for 101st & Memorial, which is the subject of some controversy with nearby residents.