Other Land Use Planning Resources
features daily news, announcements and other resources broadly relating to national
urban planning and development. PLANetizen has issued its 2003 list of the 50
best websites for urban planners and developers, based on nominations
by PLANetizen readers and judged against a common set of criteria.The list is
divided into ten categories.
Living by Design
A national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
and part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this
program will establish and evaluate innovative approaches to increase physical
activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.
The program offers Community Partnership grants to and holds an annual conference.
The Built Environment Center (BEC) is an
electronic workplace and a forum for information and services regarding urban
and community development, buildings and facilities, infrastructure, and open
space in the built environment. Each division includes: online resources, forums,
and a project workplace. .
Transformations section of the Sierra Club website features computer-generated
simulations of of various smart growth principles and practices. The page has
scenarios from a half dozen cities in California and Colorado. The simulations
are the work of Steve Price of Urban
Advantage, which includes additional images for envisioning smart growth.
Environmental Justice Resource
This Center at Clark Atlanta University has a National Equity
and Smart Growth Initiative that is designed to explore social equity issues as
smart growth solutions are sought for transportation, housing and other environmental
The Growth Management Institute
Encourages effective and equitable management of growth and change in human
Institute of Land Policy
Brings together varying
points of view to expand the body of useful knowledge with the objectives of improving
Helps local governments
and community leaders be proactive in their land use and transportation planning,
and adopt programs and policies that lead to more livable and resource-efficient
land use patterns
National Association for
Local Government Environmental Professionals
local environmental officials to network and share information on innovative environmental
practices. Offers programs on Brownfield Redevelopment and Smart Growth.
Geographic Online features a multimedia "virtual" tour of a New
Urbanist neighborhood as part of a feature on sprawl and the alternatives
to it. The feature includes an annotated image gallery and an accompanying article.
Land Use Information Center
about Oregon's acclaimed land use program.
Provides Technical Assistance, Financial Assistance
and Education tools for community leaders which will support wise decisions about
land use and will encourage economic development, a healthy environment, and strong
Architecture Internet Resource Site
comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture,
urbanism and other topics related to the built environment.
A collaborative partnership
of business, civic, developer, and environmental interests in the Washington,
DC area runs recognition programs for projects that exemplify Smart Growth or
Uses the multimedia capabilities of the World
Wide Web to collect information, ideas, and opinions about the contemporary sprawling
landscape, and encourages interested people from a wide variety of fields to work
An Annotated Bibliography for California Planners
An annotated bibliography for California planners from the
California Governorís office of Planning and Research
Smarter Land Use Project
Provides a viable way to improve the quality
of proposed land developments in settled areas. The result of 12 years of philanthropically
funded participation in more than 500 contentious meetings between neighbors of
proposed projects, planning boards, environmental groups, and developers, the
procedures outlined on the website redirect the energy of confrontation and distrust
to effective collaboration. Focused on community development and neighborhood
enhancement, the research with 48 proposed developments has yielded the Project
for Public Land
Conserves land for people to enjoy
as parks, gardens, natural areas and open space.
Develops and communicates innovative alternatives
to the ways we plan and build.
Provides responsible leadership
in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment.
Helps whole communities, whether they are large
cities or small towns, or parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business districts,
parks, school districts, subdivisions, specific roadway corridors, etc., become
more walkable and pedestrian friendly.
Alternatives to Sprawl, Lincoln Institute of Land
A report summarizing the comments,
ideas, and research findings presented at a conference entitled "Alternatives
to Sprawl," sponsored by the Lincoln
Institute of Land Policy and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Balanced Growth: A Planning Guide for Local Government,
ICMA Publications, 0-87326-081-3.
Best Development Practices,
APA Planners Press, ISBN 1884829104.
Profiles case examples of some
of today's most acclaimed developments to demonstrate ways of creating vibrant,
Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, Oxford University
Press, ISBN 0195036107.
Examines the transformation of the suburbs
from their origin in 1820 until present day. Discusses suburban communities
in every section of the country as well as making comparisons with Europe and
Ecologically Based Municipal Land Use Planning,
CRC Press, 1999, ISBN 1566704065.
"Provides nuts and bolts solutions
for controlling urban sprawl, emphasizing the integration of federal, state, and
local land use plans. It discusses ecological resources and provides practical
solutions that municipal planners can implement immediately. It discusses the
most recent scientific data, how to extract what is important, and how to apply
it to the local land planning process." For information on ordering, call
Home From Nowhere, 1996, Simon
and Schuster. ISBN 0-684-81196-0
A call for restoration
of traditional architecture and town planning based on enduring principles of
design. An article by author James Howard Kunstler, also titled "Home
from Nowhere," is posted by The Atlantic Online.
and Urban Planning: An International Journal of Landscape Ecology, Landscape Planning,
and Landscape Design, Elsevier, ISSN 0169-2046.
A journal concerned with conceptual, scientific, and design approaches
to land use. Presents issues dealing with ecological processes and interactions
within urban areas, and between these areas and the surrounding natural systems
which support them.
Growth in America's Communities, Island Press, ISBN 1-55963-442-1.
Presents practical information about proven strategies, programs and techniques
of growth management for urban and rural communities.
of Livable Places
A series of 13 publications
on model projects and livable places. Each four page publication includes illustrations,
plans, financing and cost data, project developer profiles, elements for success,
and key contacts. Available from the Center
for Livable Communities.
The Next American
Metropolis:Ecology, Community, and the American Dream,1993,
Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 1-878271-68-7
book about the ecological principles of diversity, interdependence, scale, and
decentralization and their roles in our concepts of suburbs, cities, and regions.
Sustainable Communities, 1992, Eco-Home Media.
Concepts and strategies presented
by leading experts for ecological city design.
for a New American Dream, 1994, Planners Press. ISBN 1-884829-007
A book presenting the process, principles, and an ordinance
to plan and design small communities.
Bullfrog Films offers a
large number of videos and films on environmental topics. One such video is titled
Subdivide and Conquer:
A Modern Western, which examines the causes of sprawl and its effect
on our communities and the environment, and suggests remedies along with examples
of sound public policy and good land-use planning.
for Livable Communities
a library and catalog of land use planning videos for purchase and borrow.
Berkeley Environmental Design Library
an extensive collection of videos on urban planning themes, which are available
for borrow through inter-library loan.
updated: November 24, 2004
Back to Top