Misc. Planning Tools

illustration by Paul Hoffman

A variety of other tools than can help planners & planning commissioners in their work.

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Pattern Books: A Planning Tool

Pattern Books: A Planning Tool

“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.

GIS map used to evaluate zoning changes in a small town.

GIS & Planning

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.