Planning Made Easy

By William Toner, Efraim Gil, Enid Lucchesi, Carol Barrett, Robert Joice

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Developing a program to train planning commissioners and zoning board members takes a lot of time and effort. This manual makes the process easier. It covers the basics of community planning, zoning, subdivision regulation, and ethics. With chapters organized in discrete modules, it's ideal for both self-study and classroom use. Narratives explain general planning principles.

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Page Count
168
Date Published
April 1, 1994
ISBN
978-0-918286-89-5
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
APA Planners Press

About the Authors

William Toner

Efraim Gil

Enid Lucchesi

Carol Barrett

Robert Joice

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction to Planning
Introduction

1. What is planning?
2. The law
3. The work of the planning commission
4. The work of the zoning board
Trainer's Guide
Sample overhead
Exercises

Part Two: Community Planning
5. Types of plans
6. The making of a comprehensive plan
7. The use of a community plan
8. Adopting, amending, and reviewing the plan
Trainer's guide
Exercises

Part Three: Zoning
Introduction
9. Zoning products and zoning processes
10. How to make zoning work
11. Special or conditional uses
12. Rezoning
13. Variances
14. Nonconforming uses and lots
15. Height and bulk regulation
Trainer's guide
Exercises

Part Four: Subdivision Regulation and Development Controls
16. Subdivision regulation and zoning
17. How to make subdivision regulations work
18. Subdivision standards
19. Site plan review criteria
20. Development impact fees
Trainer's guide
Exercises

Part Five: Ethics
Introduction
21. Why ethics is important
22. Groundwork for ethical planning bodies
23. Role of the staff planner
24. Role of the commissioner or board member
25. What happens when you have ethical questions
Trainer's Guide
Answer sheet for ethics workshop
Scenario 1: County supervisor seeks your vote
Scenario 2: Moving the airport
Scenario 3: Affordable housing
Scenario 4: Annual birthday dinner
Scenario 5: Who gets to read the consultant study?
Scenario 6: Commissioner's fast food enterprise
Scenario 7: When a university flexes its muscle
Role-playing 1: Variance from minimum lot requirements
Role-playing 2: The bombastic board chairman
Appendix A: AICP/APA ethical principles in planning
Appendix B: A planning commissioner's creed
Appendix C: Procedures for fair public hearings