Planning Made Easy

By Bill Toner, Efraim Gil, Enid Lucchesi Gil, Carol Barrett, FAICP, 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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April 1, 1994
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About the Authors

Bill Toner

Efraim Gil

Enid Lucchesi Gil

Carol Barrett
Current employment Retired Last Employment Assistant Director for Land Use, Burbank, CA since October, 2012. Author • Planetizen Blogger on Ethics • “Planning for Social Justice in California: Observations from a Planner,” pp. 31-38, in Carolina Planning Journal, Vol. 38, 2013. • Chapter on Ethics in Planning for the Downtown entitled “Whose In and Whose Out’ in Ethics, Design and Planning of the Built Environment, Urban and Landscape Perspectives, Vol. 12, Springer, 2013. • Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners, American Planning Association, 2002. (The only book every published by AICP Press.) Ethics Committee Service • AICP Ethics Code Revision Committee, 2002 • Helped author the combined “APA/AICP Statement of Ethical Principles,” 1992. • Helped author the 1990 “APA Statement of Ethical Principles.” * Member of APA/AICP Ethics Committee, 1989 to 1994. * Member of AICP Ethics Committee, 1980-1986. • Chapter Presidents’ Council Representative to Committee which drafted AICP Code of Ethics, 1977-78. APA Service • Regular instructor on ethics for planning student classes, AICP Examination Preparation, and Certification Maintenance Credits • President, California Planning Foundation, 2012 to 2015. • Vice President, Professional Development, APA California Chapter for 2008-2010 • Past President, Texas Chapter • Past President, National Capital Area Chapter • Past Member, APA Board of Directors • Past Secretary/Treasurer of the American Planning Association APA Awards • Fellow, AICP, 1999 inaugural class • Distinguished Service Award • Diana Donald Award

Robert Joice

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction to Planning

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

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

Part Three: Zoning
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

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

Part Five: Ethics
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