To achieve a minimum level of “literacy” about the economics of development requires at least a navigational knowledge of the basic tool of real estate feasibility analysis — the pro-forma.
Misc. Planning Tools
A variety of other tools than can help planners & planning commissioners in their work.
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A scientifically conducted survey of residents brings in the voice of the public to bear on planning issues like no forum, newspaper straw poll, or focused discussion.
A look at how Portland has gone beyond “Walk Score” in using a detailed rating system to evaluate neighborhood “walkability” — and why one older neighborhood fares quite well.
Residents in established neighborhoods will often be very concerned about zoning proposals to allow new commercial uses close to their neighborhood. The question planners and planning commissioners must be able to answer is how the creation of a commercial district near a neighborhood will be a positive change.
Preservation planner Amy Facca provides an overview of the different kinds of plans used to strengthen local historic preservation efforts.
In the fourth installment of their series on low impact development, the Segedys provide an overview of ways communities can start to implement a LID program.
Community planners and economic development professionals are increasingly identifying communities’ signature elements, including location specific historic and related sites, as well as businesses and institutions that are part of the “creative economy.”
A brief overview of tax increment financing: how it works, and some of the pros and cons in using it.
Too often local fiscal and economic development policies fail to mesh with comprehensive plan goals. What can planners do?
Planner and contributing writer Beth Humstone looks at how business improvement districts work and what they’re doing to address today’s downtown challenges.
Transportation planners know how critical it is to assess safety issues. But what can we do if a strategy to improve safety for one group of roadway users, such as drivers, has the unintended effect of decreasing safety for others, such as pedestrians?
The practice of stormwater management is evolving beyond engineered approaches to methods that look at managing stormwater in more natural ways.
“Pattern books” filled with historical and architectural data and guidelines can help cities and towns protect and enhance their identity. The push to create them often comes after a community creates a special redevelopment district, or witnesses buildings that seem out of place.