land use planning News

  • Transport and land use planning: integrating shared strategies

    Incorporating land use and transport planning in the early stages of a development project can lead to improved strategies for urban planners. A recent study suggests that a mediated process is successful in supporting shared decisions about land use and transport. Greater integration of land use and transport planning will lead to more sustainable transport systems and reduce ecological impact. ...

  • Using arid land to power the country

    In order to power a country the size of the United States indefinitely, everything is being done to invest in green and alternative energies and this includes, utilising land that has previously been deemed to be useless. It was recently revealed that thousands of acres of farmland in the San Joaquin Valley, that are no longer used for agricultural purposes due to salt ...


    By GDS International

  • California plans taking land for huge water tunnels

    State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels. Farmers whose parcels were listed and mapped in the 160-page property-acquisition plan expressed dismay at the advanced planning ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pew Praises Quebec for Historic Land Conservation Plan

    Mathew Jacobson, manager of the Pew Environment Group's International Boreal Conservation Campaign in Quebec, issued the following statement today in reaction to the Quebec government's release of Plan Nord, a sustainable development initiative for the 425,000-square-mile northern boreal region. This undertaking ...

  • Planning for sustainable global biomass use

    Projected future population growth, dietary changes and a growing need to use biomass for energy and fibre will increase the global use of biomass over the coming decades. Livestock are a major contributor to human biomass consumption, using from 30-75 per cent of all biomass harvested by humans, new research shows. The research suggests that integrated assessments of land and biomass use are ...

  • An early warning system for land use planners

    Before making large changes to land use, such as new transport networks, it is important to assess what the environmental impact will be. Ideally, the assessment should be conducted as early as possible and to be useful, must be fast and simple with clear recommendations. Researchers have developed a new environmental impact assessment method for changes to large geographic areas, which they ...

  • Land use figures show increased garden grabbing

    Recently published figures on land use endorse the Government's decision to prevent garden grabbing by changing planning policy guidance, according to the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Land Use Change Statistics show that over the last 12 years, the percentage of homes built on previously residential land, which includes back gardens, increased from 14% to 25%. Environmental ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • EPA and MDEQ to Meet with Stakeholders regarding Soil Cleanup and Land Use plans at the Picayune Wood Treating Site

    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will meet with Mayor Ed Pinero and other local officials to tour the Picayune Wood Treating Superfund Site in Picayune, MS and to discuss the final phases of the soil cleanup on January 24, 2013. The meeting will also provide the opportunity to update the conceptual Reuse/Redevelopment Plan. The ...

  • Green Energy Solutions (SATM) Plans Land Use for Energy Plant at Alberta Site

    (PINKSHEETS: SATM) Green Energy Solution Industries, Inc. (GESI), is making plans for the use of its designated land for use in implementing its waste rail tie to energy plant at the Alberta location. GESI has an agreement with the feed stock provider On-Track Railway Operations Ltd. for up to 10 acres of land use, that could be expanded at On-Track's Duagh Plant Facility outside of Edmonton ...


    By Marketwire

  • EPA Solicits Public Comments on Action Plan for RE-Powering America’s Land

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comments on the draft action plan for its RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative. The plan guides EPA’s efforts over the next two years to encourage renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community’s vision for the ...

  • EPA releases draft plan on RE-powering America’s land / advancing the development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated lands (HQ)

    As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, the agency has developed a two-year draft management plan to advance the development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated land and mining sites. The draft plan describes activities EPA can take to build upon the progress that the initiative has achieved since its launch in ...

  • Pew Commends Interior for Adopting Balanced Plan on National Petroleum Reserve Lands

    Joshua Reichert, an executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts who leads the organization's environmental work, issued the following statement today applauding the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for approving a management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska that protects critical wildlife habitat. "This decision is the ...

  • Designing with damaged land

    A citizens’ guide to reclaiming abandoned mine sites ecologically Written by Scott R Campbell. You can read the original story in MIT News A new website will be launched in September at waste2place.com that ...

  • US$2.8m in grants for contaminated land cleanup, economic development in New Hampshire

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced the nationwide availability of an estimated $111.9 million in grants bolstered by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help communities clean up sites known as “brownfields” which may be contaminated by hazardous chemicals or pollutants. The grants for New Hampshire, which include $400,000 ...

  • Securing land to develop CSP plants in the US – Private, State or Federal?

    One of the first and critical challenges for solar developers is locating and securing the most suitable site that meets all the technical, logistic & budgetary requirements. There are only 3 options available private, state or federal with each one having separate challenges. This provides a tough decision to be made on the path to follow. Some of the typical considerations include: ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Bioremediation Project: Local labratory assists local community land use transition

    C&T is participating in a project to evaluate the application of phytoremediation (plant based remediation) approach to clean up a long abandoned contaminated railway right of way inBerkeley. This project will be the first real world test of this approach and involves the planting of more than 2, 000 Chinese brake ferns (Pteris vittata) that have been shown to suck Arsenic out of the soil and ...

  • Better land care may be worth US$1.4 trillion a year

    Better management of degraded lands could deliver up to US$1.4 trillion a year in increased crop production, says a report presented at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification conference in Windhoek, Namibia, last month (24 September). But it adds that much of the work on the economic valuation of such land in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America has been done by the international ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Clean tech a top priority as Chinese president lands in US

    Discussing how U.S. and Chinese experts and businesses can collaborate on nuclear energy, smarter electricity use and other clean technologies is a top agenda item as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle Tuesday, almost a year after he and President Barack Obama announced their nations would cooperate to fight climate change. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • Space radar techniques for land mapping

    Entrepreneurs at ESA’s Business Incubation centre in the Netherlands have used radar technology from the agency’s Envisat remote-sensing satellite to develop a compact, high-resolution radar that can monitor land and buildings from small aircraft. The radar can monitor structures such as dams, harbours, canals and buildings, leading to maps for urban planning, territory surveillance and cadastral ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

  • New regulations loom for land remediation

    Could the remediation industry be facing another steep learning curve as regulators tackle legislation overload by bringing about a variety of new directives? The subject of land remediation has long been cloaked in confusion with contradictory regulations, confusion over permits and most legislation remaining open to interpretation. Recently some issues – such as the definition of waste - ...

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