What's New at "A Good Community"

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.

Armed code enforcement

Visitor Question: Why are code enforcement carrying fire arms? This is in Riverside County, California. Editors Reply: This is not typical throughout

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Demolition would cost town too much

Visitor Question: I am an elected official in a small rural town, where we have many demolition challenges. Our code enforcement officer has been active,

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21 Government Housing Assistance Programs for You or the Neighborhood

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Learn how each major government housing assistance program can help you find solutions for your community.

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How does the capital magnet fund work?

Published: July 5, 2024 Visitor Question: I am new on the board of a fairly large nonprofit community development and housing organization. At our recent

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Introduction to Site Plan Review: What Is It and Why Use It?

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This article recommends careful pruning of site plan review requirements and good choices about who approves the application based on what criteria.

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Are the Benefits of a Business Improvement District Worth the Costs?

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One of the chief benefits of a business improvement district is building and maintaining a better commercial area than the city's standard level of service.

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A Neighborhood Tour Could Meet Multiple Objectives

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Organizing a neighborhood tour is no small feat. Depending on your goal for the tour, we give you some pointers.

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The Many Advantages and Disadvantages of Impact Fees Challenge Cities

If you do not foresee both the advantages and disadvantages of impact fees, your city could create inequities and legal problems for itself.

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How to Conduct the First Meetings of a Neighborhood Association

When you start to plan the first meetings of a neighborhood association, you might be baffled. Here are some ideas on the initial, second, and third meetings.

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Deciding How to Organize Your Neighborhood Association

Figuring out how to organize your neighborhood association may take several meetings. This discussion will flow naturally into your legal structure and bylaws.

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Learn How Neighborhood Plans Lead to Clarity and Action

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Neighborhood plans work wonders if you need to solidify residents or your city around specific goals. Find out what it takes to prepare one.

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How Power Mapping Can Help Your Neighborhood Achieve Goals

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We explain power mapping for neighborhoods, including when, why, and how to use this tool to help your community reach policy objectives.

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Ideas for Jump Starting Commercial District Revitalization

Commercial district revitalization is challenging due to multiple property and business owners. Coordination and diversification are essential.

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Stormwater Runoff Approaches Can Be Clean and Green

Stormwater runoff delivers most pollutants found in streams and rivers. Here we discuss BMPs that could improve water quality and lessen erosion and flooding.

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Do Colorado HOA covenants ever run out and are major revisions allowed

Publish Date: June 19, 2024 Visitor Question: We live in an HOA whose covenants date back to 1977. In the covenants it states that they run with the

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