Browse Topics: Plans and Codes
Quick Build Project Guide for Better Streets
Quick-build street projects are semi-permanent improvements that can be designed and constructed quickly. The process uses techniques that realign and reassign space on streets using paint and simple physical objects that can be cheaply purchased and quickly installed.
Vehicle relocation alerts pre-flooding
Pre-flooding alert systems to manage vehicle evacuation ahead of emergency flooding situations.
Mobility Hubs coordinate land uses, transportation options and street+parking design with special attention to growing options with shared use mobility (bikes, cars, on-demand rides and ride share) and pre-planning for driverless vehicles and evolving technologies. For land uses, mobility hubs emphasize flexible uses, incremental, iterative development and careful attention to sidewalks and curbs. These areas are also ripe for retrofits for resilience and green infrastructure
Shared Mobility: Current Practices & Guiding Principles
This primer introduces shared mobility, discusses the government’s role, reviews success stories, examines, lessons learned, & proposed solutions; and concludes with guiding principles.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs provide consulting and funds to select recipients for hazard mitigation planning and hazard mitigation projects, including construction, prior to a disaster event.
Corvalis Metropolitan Planning Area Scenario Viewer
The Corvallis Metropolitan Planning Area (CAMPO) strategic assessment modeled policy combinations and context factors to find out how different choices (policy factors like community design) and different external influences (context factors such as fuel prices) could affect future vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, travel costs, and other outcomes in the region.
Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets in NYC
Cities need to set new goals for their streets if they are to meet the needs of a dynamic and growing city and address the problems of vehicle crashes, traffic congestion, poor-performing bus and bike networks, and environments that are inhospitable for pedestrians.
First Mile/Last Mile Guide for Expanding the Reach of Transit
Transit trips (e.g., rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit, bus) are comprised not only of the journey on a transit vehicle, but also those trips (1) from origin to the transit stop and (2) from the end station to the ultimate destination. These end trips to/from station areas are often made on foot, by bicycle or car/vanpools. Cities are beginning to improve these first mile/last mile pathways in order to increase the “transit-shed” of riders.
Los Angeles – Sustainable City pLAn & Dashboard
The Sustainable City pLAn is a roadmap for a Los Angeles to align environmental, health, economic, and equity goals. The plan includes both short term results and long term goals, as well as a dashboard of sustainability metrics for reporting near-term plan elements.
South Florida Sea Level Rise Toolkit
Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and partners are developing the Sea Level Rise Toolbox to depict future sea level rise and coastal flooding. The goal is to help residents and businesses prepare and adapt ahead of damaging water and flooding.
Neighborhood Consultation Explainer Video
NSW Australia produced a 1:18 minute video to explain neighbor consultations, which are required for property owners undertaking renovation, demolition or new construction.
Chicago Transit – DIY Transit Information Screen
The Chicago Transit Authority is recruiting private entities to display transit information (Train Tracker and Bus Tracker). Through a web-based slideshow, anyone with a dedicated computer, screen and internet connection can install an information portal for the travelling public.
The Presidents' Breakfast – civic association-led planning
Twenty-five years ago, Arlington County (Virginia) officials, businesses and neighborhoods along Columbia Pike started a revitalization organization in response to the growing disinvestment along the length of the Pike. Unlike downtown redevelopment, corridors pose special challenges for both economic development and neighborhood buy in; the longer the corridor, the more neighborhoods to involve. Moreover, corridors spread economic activity along a thin strip of roadway. In Arlington, presidents from 10 civic associations met regularly to build relationships, planning skills and trust.
"What is Zoning?" Toolkit
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) created toolkits to help community advocates teach the basics on zoning and affordable housing. These are public engagement multipliers that spread baseline education beyond traditional local government-led sessions.
Economic Development + Stormwater – What's New?
Urban stormwater control is all too often seen as a cost. How can cities and property owners flip this calculus to reap economic returns? This booklet, a product of a 2014 American Planning Association national conference session, compiles the latest information from several sources.
Strategic Visioning for Cities – Portland’s vision PDX
In 2005, Portland’s Mayor Tom Potter led a 2-year, city-wide visioning process to address Portland’s most pressing challenges while positioning the city to take advantage of trends . The visioning effort led to a new kind of strategic and comprehensive planning effort.
Do Community Engagement Toolkits Work? Research from California
Local governments and agencies are opening up public engagement processes on all types of activities. In California, UC-Berkeley investigated what kinds of engagement tools actually work to support community planning for transit oriented development (TOD) and topics such as affordable housing, density and TOD. (Publication – 28 pages)
A Successful Downtown – Lafayette Downtown Action Plan
Through a community wide appraisal, Lafayette Louisiana reaffirmed its strengths and looked to future challenges. In order to attract and keep talent, the town found it needed to add quality housing, connections, and enhance the unique value proposition offered by downtown: convenience, vibrancy and outdoor living rooms.
Strategic Stormwater Solutions for Transit-Oriented Development
When redevelopment occurs in built-out urban communities, stormwater management competes with other site features for limited, valuable space. This publication (42 pages) outlines a new concept for shared, stacked-function green infrastructure (SSGI) to achieve economic, cost and environmental benefits around transit stations.
DCdecoded.org: User-Friendly Access to Washington D.C. Laws
By replacing proprietary web sites with a free and attractive web interface, DCdecoded.org puts the law directly in the hands of communities. The new site opens up D.C.’s laws with simplified browsing, searching, and downloads of the entire District legal code.