A brief overview of tax increment financing: how it works, and some of the pros and cons in using it.
Misc. Planning Tools
A variety of other tools than can help planners & planning commissioners in their work.
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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.
An overview of the world of geographic information systems, with examples of some useful planning-related applications. Plus sidebars on how citizen planners in one New York county are making use of GIS, and a look at the future of GIS.
One of the key responsibilities of many planning commissions and departments is the preparation of a recommended capital program for the local governing body’s consideration.
Accurate and up-to-date maps are the foundation for all community and regional planning. An overview of how the use of maps has evolved in planning over the past century.
Preparing a winning grant proposal requires the 3 C’s: a clear concept, a concrete strategy, and creative goals. Advice on researching and writing a proposal you and your community will be proud of.
Site plan review should include consideration of a development’s impact on water resources — and stormwater runoff.
An introduction to purchase of development rights (PDR) programs: how they work, what they can accomplish, and questions that often come up.
Planning Commissioners Journal issue #52 included a series of articles providing an introduction to historic preservation planning and why it is has become important to our cities and towns. The download includes the full issue.