The Lenexa, Kan., City Council has approved a $64 million, 552-unit luxury apartment complex, going against the Planning Commission, which rejected the proposal because of concern about density and traffic. The complex is part of the larger City Center plan, which includes pedestrian-friendly features, offices, retail space and a civic center spread over 200 acres.
The Myrtle Beach, S.C., City Council is considering a $20 million, three-year plan for improvements such as upgrading streets and sidewalks, putting utilities underground and bettering stormwater quality. About $8 million would go toward rerouting stormwater flow to an ocean-outfall system.
The Laurinburg, N.C., City Council has rejected a plan for a solar farm at the urging of about 200 residents, more than half of whom voiced concern about the effect on property value and possible contamination of water supply and soil. Strata Solar also has been denied a permit by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has proposed revisions to the ethics code that include hiring a compliance officer and prohibiting City Council members from doing business with board trustees they appointed for local-government agencies. "I believe they're important because they'll have the effect of increasing transparency," Castro said of the revisions, which were sparked by a conflict-of-interest case.
The La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., City Council is split on banning single-use plastic bags. Some councilors and residents support the measure, saying it would be environmentally responsible and would save the city and businesses money.