Author Archives: Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones

About Dustin Jones

Dustin C. Jones is a Phoenix-based land use attorney and green development champion whose knowledge of land planning, zoning law, LEED, form based codes, cutting-edge development tools and government affairs assists his public and private sector clients to build more prosperous, sustainable and livable communities. He is the author of the popular real estate development blog www.LivabilityLaw.com, and may be reached at 623-326-2675. He can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

Phoenix And Scottsdale Adopt Green Construction Code

Green Construction Code, Phoenix, Scottsdale

It has been almost one month since the City of Phoenix adopted a voluntary green construction code to promote energy efficiency and sustainability in construction activities. A keystone of the code is that both new and old projects can achieve the green standard without paying third-party fees; costly fees can often prevent projects from getting off the… Read More →

Climate Denialism Raises Questions, Concerns

climate denialism
June 23, 2011 by in Blogs | Green

One phrase has been popping up all over the editorial columns and blogs in the last week — “climate denialism,” a phrase to earmark our own fear of change for the 21st century. It appeared early this week with Thomas Friedman’s realistic, and somewhat optimistic, opinion piece in Tuesday’s New York Times titled “The Earth is Full.”  … Read More →

Congestion Is Back! But, Can We Outsmart It?

Traffic Congestion, Ways to Reduce in Phoenix, AZ
April 20, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

Americans started pinching pennies, driving less and forgetting about traffic during the recession. We became greener because we had to. Now with an economic recovery on the horizon traffic may be back.  The Texas transportation institute released its 2010 Urban Mobility report, which portrays traffic congestion in 439 U.S. Urban areas. INRIX, a leading private-sector… Read More →

Top 10 Green Building Trends to Watch in 2011

Green Movement
February 16, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

While we may have just begun 2011, many industry analysts predict that the green building and sustainability movement will rebound in 2011 in spite of the continuing economic difficulties in most developed countries. This overall trend runs counter to the thrust of the overall worldwide recession, but this is due to to the overwhelming public… Read More →

Will Arizona Ever Climb Aboard The High-Speed Rail System?

High Speed Rail
January 19, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green | Tech

Last year, the Obama administration rolled out an ambitious $8 billion program to fund 21st century transportation via high-speed rail (HSR).  U.S. Secretary of Transporation, Ray LaHood, said, “High-speed-rail will be our generation’s legacy.” This bold 21st century vision of new transportation options promises to revitalize the economy, reactivate the manufacturing sector, create millions of… Read More →

Green Homeowners Can Now Turn To Converted Shipping Containers

Green Housing
December 15, 2010 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

“Living Green” has gone vogue and so has finding new creative “out of the box” ways to do so. Next month, the forward thinking Phoenix-based development firm of UpCycle Living, led by Ashton Wolfswinkel and Jason Anderson, will break ground on a cutting-edge residential community known as Switzer Terrace in the beautifully forested mountain top… Read More →

Downtown Gilbert Mixed Use Project on Life Support

downtown Gilbert AZ
December 14, 2010 by in Blogs | Economy | Real Estate

Phoenix (December 14, 2010) – The Gilbert Town Council has a big decision to make on Thursday with respect to the fate of a proposed downtown mixed use project.

Ahwatukee Residents See Ray Of Hope For South Mtn Freeway Alignment

Ahwatukee Residents See Hope for South Mtn Freeway Alignment
December 10, 2010 by in Blogs | Real Estate

Phoenix (December 10, 2010) – Ahwatukee residents are not enamored with the current Loop 202 plan in which a freeway cuts through their community and South Mountain. Those plans can change if the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Tribal Council decides in January to recommend a possible extension of Loop 202 on reservation land south of Ahwatukee Foothills.

First Of Its Kind Land Swap Ends Battle Between Gilbert Charter School And SRP

Land Swap between Gilbert Charter School and SRP
December 10, 2010 by in Blogs | Education | Real Estate

Phoenix (December 10, 2010) – Who says that you can’t beat city hall? An effective group of Gilbert elementary school parents and residents took on that challenge…and won, with the cooperation of SRP.

Homeowners Have To Pay HOA $5k Because They Asked A Few Questions

Two homeowners from Mesa’s Sunland Village community questioned their homeowners association board
December 7, 2010 by in Blogs | Real Estate

Phoenix (December 6, 2010) — Two homeowners from Mesa’s Sunland Village community questioned their homeowners association board about some of its actions and in return received a bill for nearly $5,000 from the HOA to cover its legal fees that were incurred to provide the answers.

Valley Leaders Join Forces To Envision The Future West Valley

Arizona Sunset - Future of West Valley
December 2, 2010 by in Blogs | Economy | Events | Real Estate

Over 100 Valley leaders convened on November 31, 2010 to develop a future vision for the West Valley in an exercise led by Leadership West.  Leadership West is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that convenes, educates and activates proven leaders in business, non-profits and government to leverage their time, talents and treasures to enhance the quality… Read More →

2 Valley Treasures Will Receive A Little TLC

Mill Ave in Tempe, Arizona
November 29, 2010 by in Legal | Real Estate

The Tempe City Council recently voted unanimously to move forward with plans to restore Papago Park and Mill Avenue. The Papago Park restoration plans focus on improvements to marketing and park amenities while Mill Avenue will receive some much needed clean-up and landscaping.

Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Proposition Passes, But Where Will The Dispensaries Go?

Medical Marijuana Where Will The Dispensaries Go

Arizona voters made history again this month, narrowly approving Proposition 203, the ballot initiative allowing one medical marijuana dispensary for every 10 pharmacies in the state (which translates to about 120 statewide). Under Prop. 203, patients suffering from a wide range of painful medical conditions will be able to buy small amounts of marijuana from… Read More →

Can Sustainable Housing Really Be A Part of Arizona’s Future?

Local neighborhood

Perched on the threshold of economic recovery, cities whose housing markets crashed and burned during the Great Recession are struggling like modern-day Phoenix birds to rise from the ashes. While rebirth comes naturally for some, others seem caught between a trap labeled “sprawl” and a wide-open window tagged “sustainability.” The question is, can cities that… Read More →

Density: Our Ticket To The Green Express

Photo: www.valleymetro.org
October 14, 2010 by in Blogs | Green | Legal | Real Estate

Like the spine is to the human body, light rail is the backbone of a thriving urban scene. Density is the fuel that feeds the core. To flourish, density needs zoning code changes and public policies that encourage a vertical mix of commercial and residential uses.