Our pattern of land development can have a significant impact on energy consumption. A growing number of local governments are taking steps to promote energy conservation.
Site plan review should include consideration of a development’s impact on water resources — and stormwater runoff.
On April 19, 1997, the Red River inundated the cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Reflections on what happened, and the planning commission’s role.
Water shortages used to be thought of as a strictly Western problem. But planners are realizing that water scarcity can become a concern just about anywhere.
Regulating land use practices near streams can significantly reduce the run-off of sediment and other pollutants. How a system of “overlay zones” can help protect stream corridors, lakeshores, and watersheds.
An introduction to purchase of development rights (PDR) programs: how they work, what they can accomplish, and questions that often come up.
Too often planning commission and neighborhood involvement comes only after costly subdivision drawings have already been prepared. Randall Arendt on three key steps in shifting to a more proactive review process.
Trends in human activity, both at global and local levels, are still headed in directions that are largely unsustainable. Yet a growing number of cities and towns are incorporating sustainable development principles in their planning and zoning efforts.
Your town, city, or county undoubtedly has an infrastructure plan dealing with water, sewer, roads, and utilities — the gray infrastructure. But has it planned as well for green infrastructure, such as trails, greenways, river corridors, and bike paths?
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.
Noted conservation planner Randall Arendt offers a framework for subdivision review that encourages the preservation of open space and natural areas, while enhancing the market value of development.
Tens of thousands of brownfields — abandoned, often contaminated, industrial sites — can be found in cities, towns, and rural areas across the country. A look at efforts to plan for the redevelopment of brownfields.
Ed McMahon considers how a growing number of communities are making the connection between tourism and environmental values.