Planning

Planning for Housing and Community Development

by evstudio May 6, 2015

This post comes from Stephanie O’Hara, Planner Analyst for EVstudio. Immediately prior to joining EVstudio she worked for Jefferson County, Colorado for 6 years in various planning roles. EVstudio looks for planning opportunities in both the public and private sector: While working at Jefferson County […]

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Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Services Offered By EVstudio

by evstudio April 30, 2015
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In addition to architecture, planning and structural engineering; EVstudio is now offering Civil Engineering and Land Surveying with our licensed team of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (PLS in Colorado). Our services can include: Alta Surveys Annexation Services As-Built Surveys Boundary Surveys Cadastral Surveying […]

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The Dynamic Changes of Apartments

by John W. Olson April 8, 2015
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The Great Recession has changed the development market. I know what you are thinking, ‘no kidding John, that is a massive understatement’. Seriously, when you take a broad perspective of the mind shift that has occurred for the consumers of ‘development’, a ‘given’ market five […]

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Location Efficiency as the Framework of Activity Centers

by John W. Olson March 28, 2015

The convenience factor, or Location Efficiency, is often a forgotten component of development in a society that has become increasingly automobile dependent. Development occurs with the assumption that people drive and will always get in a vehicle.  Location efficiency can be defined as the ability to access […]

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Incorporating Religious and Institutional Uses into Neighborhoods

by John W. Olson March 10, 2015

In all neighborhoods, it is important to include a variety, or mixture, of land use opportunities. Religious institutions provide many great opportunities for a neighborhood. The most obvious asset provided is the accessibility and convenience of getting to and from the use. A religious institution […]

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Experience Urbanism at a Reasonable Pace

by Sean O'Hara March 4, 2015

It is spring in Denver and its harder than ever to want to stay inside. People are running, riding bikes, driving their convertibles, fixing the lawn and eating on the patio at El Noa Noa. Denver is sunny year round, but the spring is especially […]

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Inverse Relationship of Level of Service and Pedestrian Propulsion

by John W. Olson February 12, 2015
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Discussions of one-way streets are commonplace in planning circles in the United States. They usually arise with the best of intentions for a community as transportation planning usually does.  See Strong Towns Blog Post: Paved with Good Intentions for more information. In some instances, they are […]

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Land Entitlements and Redevelopment Options for Golf Courses

by John W. Olson January 29, 2015

Recently, I faced an issue that I see becoming a common issue as the golf industry continues to decline and the costs and availability of water continues to decrease.  That issue is what to do with the excess number of golf courses that our country […]

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City Planner Humor – Planners Pointing

by Sean O'Hara January 22, 2015
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  Last night my wife and I had dinner with friends from graduate school at Georgia Tech. Three of them were in the city planning program with my wife Stephanie (my architecture school was just down the hall). I mentioned that as an architect one […]

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Creating the Sense of Enclosure with Deep Setbacks

by John W. Olson December 16, 2014
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Let me start by saying that I am a huge advocate for new urbanism, neo-traditional neighborhoods and form-based codes, as you may have predicted from prior posts. However, one thing that has bothered me is the often missed-opportunity for traditional homes to be set back […]

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Feasibility Studies – Look Before You Leap

by EVstudio AEP December 4, 2014

You wouldn’t buy a house without an inspection or a car without a test drive would you?  It makes sense that before you commit yourself to such an important investment you want to make sure that what you are buying meets your expectations and needs; […]

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The Neighborhood Unit: How Does Perry's Concept Apply to Modern Day Planning?

by John W. Olson October 8, 2014

False interpretations of Perry’s concept have conceived segregation of land uses, further validating the modern-day road classification system and unfortunately created an auto-centric society in today’s first ring and outward suburban communities.

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