The Small Town Planning Handbook

Third Edition

By Thomas Daniels, John Keller, FAICP, Mark Lapping, Katherine Daniels, James Segedy, FAICP

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Originally published in 2007 — e-book version released in 2013.

This is the go-to guide for planners in small towns.

For decades, The Small Town Planning Handbook has helped small towns and rural communities plan for change. It is a step-by-step guide to drafting and implementing a comprehensive plan through zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and capital improvements programs, with sensitivity to local character and limited resources.

The third edition shows how technologies such as GIS and the Internet can improve the planning process. This edition contains a wealth of information on ways to maintain or improve the design of small towns and explains how to create a small town economic development plan. The authors emphasize strategic planning for economic, social, and environmental sustainability both in remote towns and in towns on the edge of metropolitan regions.

The authors are planners with more than six decades of experience in small towns, rural counties, and planning departments — including hundreds of evenings before rural planning commissions.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures | List of Tables | List of Acronyms

Planning in Small Towns: An Overview

Part I: Creating a Town Plan
1. Why Plan?
2. The Town Plan: Planning Process and Procedures
3. The Planning Commission
4. Determining Community Goals and Objectives
5. Information Resources for the Town Plan
6. Community Profile, Geography, and History
7. Population Characteristics and Projections
8. Economic Data for the Small Community
9. The Natural Environment and Cultural Resources
10. Housing
11. Community Resources and Public Facilities
12. Transportation and Circulation
13. Current and Future Land Use
14. Printing and Publishing the Town Plan

Part II: Putting the Town Plan into Action
15. The Zoning Ordinance
16. Subdivision and Land Development Regulations
17. The Capital Improvements Program
18. Other Local Land-Use Regulations

Part III: Sustainable Small Towns
19. The Design and Appearance of Small Towns
20. Making Economic Development Happen in Small Towns
21. The Town Plan in Action and Strategic Planning

Appendix A: Contacts and Resources for Small Towns

Glossary | Bibliography | Index