The Small Town Planning Handbook

Third Edition

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

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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 ord...

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Nov. 1, 2013
APA Planners Press

About the Authors

Thomas Daniels

John Keller

Mark Lapping

Katherine Daniels

James Segedy

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