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A Guide to Community Visioning, Hands -On Information for Local Communities
Oregon Visions Project, Oregon Chapter, American Planning Association, 1993.

This guide offers practical approach for communities wishing to begin strategic planning. It gives clear direction to citizens, planners, and elected officials on how to develop a visioning program.

For more information contact:
APA Planners Book Service
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-6107
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


Common Groundwork: A Practical Guide to Protecting Rural and Urban Land Use
Institute for Environmental Education.

Shows how to use land-use decision-making policy tools to protect environmentally sensitive areas. Describes privately initiated tools such as land trusts and conservation easements and publicly initiated tools such as zoning ordinances and special protection and conservation regulations.

For more information contact:
APA Planners Book Service
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-6107
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


Conservation Design for Subdivision, A Practical Guide to Creating Open Space Networks Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Randall Arendt, Natural Lands Trust, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects.

Explores better ways of designing new residential developments than we have typically seen in our communities. Practical handbook for developers, site designers, local officials and landowners. Describes a series of simple and straightforward techniques that allow for land- conserving development. An excerpt from this book is published here (search under Growth and Development). Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

For more information contact:
Island Press
P.O. Box 7
Covelo, CA 95428
(800) 828-1302
Fax (707) 983-6414


Environmental Planning for Small Communities, A Guide for Local Decision-Makers
US EPA, Office of Research and Development, EPA 625/R-94/009, September, 1994.

This is a practical guide for developing an environmental planning program in a small community. Provides guidance on getting people involved, developing a community vision, defining community needs, finding feasible solutions for the community and putting the plan in action. Also provides a list of environmental regulations which may affect your community.

For more information contact:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Washington, DC 20460

Environmental Restoration, Science and Strategies for Restoring the Earth Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
John Berger, ed., Island Press.

This book shows how we can restore habitats already damaged by human activities. Provides examples of successful projects and guidelines for when and how to use restoration techniques.

For more information contact:
Island Press
P.O. Box 7
Covelo, CA 95428
(800) 828-1302
Fax (707) 983-6414


Guiding Growth - Building Better Communities and Protecting our Countryside
Pennsylvania Environmental Council, 1992.

Guidance for growth management, agricultural preservation and environmental planning in Pennsylvania.

For more information contact:
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
117 S. 17th Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-0250
Fax (215) 563-0528
E-Mail: pecphila@libertynet.org


Habitat Conservation Planning
Timothy Beatley, University of Texas Press.

A diversity of species and the habitat to support them are necessary to maintain the ecological health of the earth. This book examines a new tool to resolve land-use conflicts-- habitat conservation plans.

For more information contact:
APA Planners Book Service
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-6107
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


Implementing A Stormwater Management Program
David S. Pyzoha, Lewis Publishers, 1994.

This book outlines the fundamental components required to implement stormwater management programs. Provides step-by-step guidelines.

For more information contact:
APA Planners Book Service
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-6107
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


Local Groundwater Protection
Martin Jaffe and Frank DiNovo, APA Planners Press, 1987.

A review of local planning programs on groundwater protection that can serve as models for others. Explains technical concepts in a straightforward manner and shows how to gather and evaluate information, assess pollution risks and develop effective policies to address priority threats.

For more information contact:
APA Planners Book Service
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-6107
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
John Tillman Lyle, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.

A principal component of sustainable development is regenerative design - the continuous replacement through its own functional processes, of the energy and materials used to operate as building or community. Lyle describes how we can redesign the elements of land development - energy flow, water flow, land use and building design - to become regenerative or self-renewing.

For more information contact:
John Wiley & Sons
605 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10158-0012
(212) 850-6000
Fax (212) 850-6103


Rural Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Frederic O. Sargent et al. Island Press, 1991.

This book provides a system of rural planning focused on land classification and carrying capacity or the amount of use that land can sustain without a deterioration in its quality.

For more information contact:
Island Press
P.O. Box 7
Covelo, CA 95428
(800) 828-1302
Fax (707) 983-6414


Tree Conservation Ordinances Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Christopher J. Duerksen, American Planning Association PAS Report No. 446.

This report shows how to establish the value of trees and to prepare an ordinance to protect them. The report also looks at the legal tests and pitfalls associated with such protection efforts.

For more information contact:
APA Planners Book Service
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-6107
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


The Livable Communities Handbook
Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lancaster, PA., 1991.

Elements of livable communities developed during design workshops held during 1991 by the Lancaster County Planning Commission. The handbook provides different design ideas and model ordinances for use by local government leaders.

For more information contact:
Lancaster County Planning Commission
Ronald Bailey, Executive Director
Courthouse
50 North Duke Street
P.O. Box 83480
Lancaster, PA 17608-3480 (717) 299-8333


The Practice of Local Government Planning
Editors, Frank So and Judith Getzels, International City Management Association, 1988.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Another of the basic textbook series for planners. This volume provides instruction on practicing planning at the local level. An excellent guide for general planning information and planning tools.

For more information contact:
American Planning Association
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-9606
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


The Practice of State and Regional Planning
Editors, Frank So, Irving Hand and Bruce McDowell, International City Management Association and American Planning Association, 1986.

A text for state and regional planning in the United States. Part of the classic "green series" of basic texts for planners.

For more information contact:
American Planning Association
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-9606
312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


Toward Sustainable Communities: Resources for Citizens & Their Governments
Mark Roseland

"Topics include air quality, transportation and traffic management, energy conservation and efficiency, land use and housing, and economic and community development."

For more information contact:
New Society Publishers, Ltd.
P.O. Box 189
1680 Peterson Rd.
Gabriola Island, B. C.
Canada VOR 1XO
(800) 567-6772
Fax (800) 567-7311
Email: info@newsociety.com


Visions for a New American Dream Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Anton C. Nelessen, APA Planners Press, 1994

Nelessen outlines a seven-step planning and design process for creating three types of traditional communities - hamlets, villages, and neighborhoods. He also introduces his Visual Preference Survey that planners can use to involve citizens in the creation of a common community vision.

For more information contact:
APA Planners Book Service
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603-6107
(312) 786-6344
Fax (312) 431-9985


Where We Live, A Citizen's Guide to Conducting a Community Environmental Inventory Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Donald F. Harker and Elizabeth Ungar Natter, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.

A guide for citizen's groups on gathering and analyzing environmental information at the local level. Filled with charts, diagrams and sources of information for gathering environmental information.

For more information contact:
Island Press
P.O. Box 7
Covelo, CA 95428
(800) 828-1302
Fax: (707) 983-6414

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