An introduction to purchase of development rights (PDR) programs: how they work, what they can accomplish, and questions that often come up.
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Designating areas where essential services, particularly sewer service, can be used is one of the opportunities local planners have to direct growth to locations that reinforce community goals. Kate Lampton explores how her town developed a sewer allocation ordinance.
Many people enjoy visiting national parks and other scenic attractions. A growing number have also decided to pack up and move to the small cities and towns close to these special places.
Land trusts provide an important resource for communities concerned about preserving open space and natural resources. How planning commissions and land trusts can work cooperatively.
Jack McCall explains why quality education is of critical importance to the economic vitality of cities and towns.
A short introduction to the use of community loan funds by community development specialist Jack McCall.
Why economic development efforts work best when a broad spectrum of the community is involved.
Community development consultant and author Jack McCall with some ideas on strengthening downtown retailing.
How to keep money from leaving your local economy.
It’s time we said good-bye to the Lone Ranger in looking for solutions to local economic development problems.
Advice for planners on how to select and work with a consultant, and ensure that your project is a success.
A small town in Massachusetts shows how vision planning works. Including a look at the Places of the Heart community survey.