Breakfast links: Transportation projects for the new year
Image from VDOT.
VA's Outer Beltway coming:
Officials displayed plans to build Virginia's portion
of the Outer Beltway, from Loudoun to Prince William. Nearby landowners are eager to build new sprawl subdivisions along its length. (Post)
What counties want:
Both Montgomery and Prince George's want more transportation funding
from the coming state legislative session, for the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway, and roads at National Harbor. Rushern Baker also hopes to win right to levy a 5¢ bag fee. (Post)
Despite 3 decades of growth, and continuing development, a University of Virginia study projects Arlington's population will fall in each of the next 3 decades
. What trends account for that prediction? (Sun Gazette)
Year's most annoying in development:
The City Paper dubs the zoning rewrite
"much ado about nothing" (lots of conflict for a tiny change), parking exceptions "most tedious" (they're almost always granted, but only after a very long process), and Howard Town Center's $11 million abatement the "least-necessary tax break."
Regulations make alley living pricey:
Toronto tried to legalize alley dwellings
that could be built for only $100,000 per unit, but laws and review boards added fees and restrictions that can add hundreds of thousands to the cost. (Toronto Star)
DC faces higher fiscal cliff:
DC's concentration of federal government jobs mean that the area would be the hardest-hit
in the event of a "fiscal cliff." According to Mayor Gray, DC tax revenue could fall by $50 million. (WAMU)
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