Lasting Value

Open Space Planning and Preservation Successes

By Richard Pruetz, FAICP

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Every year, development claims more than a million acres of rural land. As open areas shrink, the water supply drops, wildfire risks rise, local food production falls, and infrastructure costs increase. Are these the inevitable side effects of progress? Some communities don't think so. This book is about them.

In 24 illustrated vignettes, Rick Pruetz, FAICP, explores settings from farmland on Long Island to Minneapolis's Grand Rounds park system to the volcanic range near downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. With a planner's eye, he brings the achievements of these communities into focus. Lasting Value will inspire planners, commissioners, and citizens who want to preserve the green legacy in their own backyards.



About the Author

Rick Pruetz, FAICPRick Pruetz, FAICP, is a planning consultant in open space preservation strategies. He received his master's of urban planning degree in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and served as the city planner of Burbank, California, for more than 14 years before starting a consulting practice in 1999. Pruetz has written four books and coauthored two others on open space preservation planning.

In the News

Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties celebrated for open land preservation
The Argus, February 15, 2012

Yeah, we nurture nature
Curbed Seattle, February 2, 2012

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Jan. 1, 2012
APA Planners Press

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1. Introduction: Planning Preservation
Planning as Catalyst
Developing Goals and Strategies
Creating Effective Implementation
Preservation Success Stories

2 Alameda County, California

3 Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, New Mexico

4 Berks County, Pennsylvania

5 Boulder and Boulder County, Colorado

6 Burlington County, New Jersey

7 Chester County, Pennsylvania

8 Collier County, Florida

9 Contra Costa County, California

10 Dane County, Wisconsin

11 King County, Washington

12 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

13 Lexington–Fayette

County, Kentucky

14 Maricopa County, Arizona

15 Marin County, California

16 Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Region, Minnesota

17 Montgomery County, Maryland

18 Palm Beach County, Florida

19 Pima County, Arizona

20 Santa Clara County, California

21 Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County, California

22 Santa Fe County, New Mexico

23 Sonoma County, California

24 Suffolk County, New York

25 Travis County and Austin, Texas





"Pruetz convincingly shows that successful planning is about planning for land preservation as well as development. The case studies of local government and private-sector land preservation are full of valuable lessons for planners who are looking to promote long-term sustainability in their communities. I look forward to using Lasting Value in my course on land preservation."

— Tom Daniels, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

"This book is a treasure of information, full of facts, carefully researched, and presented in a very readable manner. A must-read for anyone interested in learning how communities across the country have succeeded in institutionalizing the conservation ethic in their plans and ordinances, preserving hundreds of thousands of acres in the process."

— Randall Arendt, author of Rural by Design