PAS QuickNotes (QN)
PAS QuickNotes is a series of briefing papers that provides planning fundamentals for public officials and engaged citizens.
QN offers a timely, concise overview of a single planning topic as well as additional information and resources available through the Planning Advisory Service.
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The Value of Planning
Everyone makes plans. Sometimes we plan to accomplish specific goals. Other times we plan to avoid otherwise negative outcomes. These are the same basic reasons why towns, cities, counties, and regions choose to plan. Since community planning is, by definition, a collective effort requiring commitments of both time and financial resources, it makes sense to consider how that investment is likely to pay off. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes explains some of the fundamental social, economic, and environmental benefits of planning.
For decades, many communities have used minimum off-street parking requirements as their primary parking management strategy. However, parking management based exclusively on minimums can result in an oversupply of parking, which creates costs for users and communities. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes summarizes the benefits of taking a more holistic approach to parking management and offers a series of policy considerations to help communities manage parking supply and demand.
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- Techniques for Successful Public Engagement
- Historic Preservation or Historic District Planning
- Neighborhood Planning
- Health Impact Assessments and Planning
- Understanding MPOs
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