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 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.
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.
Allentown, Pa., Mayor Ed Pawlowski, along with his administration and city consultants, have presented a $220 million plan to the City Council to lease the city's water and sewer infrastructure for 50 years, allowing the city to pay down pension-liability debt that could eat up more than 30% of the general fund. "In less than 24 months, Allentown would be just another Pennsylvania city making very ugly headlines about bankruptcy and its leaders lacking the political courage to address its fiscal problems," Pawlowski said.
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.