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The Citizen's Guide to Planning

Fourth Edition

By Christopher J. Duerksen, C. Gregory Dale, FAICP, Donald L. Elliott, FAICP

APA's popular primer for citizens is a 21st-century guide for anyone who wants to make his or her community a better place.

Published by APA Planners Press, 2009

Format: Paperback, 240 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-932364-65-1

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APA's popular primer for citizens is all new! For decades, planning officials and engaged citizens have relied on The Citizen's Guide to Planning for a better understanding of the basics of planning. Now, Duerksen, Dale, and Elliott have remade this perennial bestseller into a 21st-century guide for anyone who wants to make his or her community a better place.

This book describes the land-use planning process, the key players in that process, and the legal framework in which decisions are made. The authors advocate principles and disciplines that will help those involved in the process make good decisions. In easy-to-understand language, they offer nuts-and-bolts information about different types of plans and how they are implemented. Chapters cover the goals and values of planning, the history of planning, the different people and organizations involved, the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan, sustainability, the application review process, and legal and ethical questions.

This is a must-read book for any planning commissioner, official, or engaged citizen.

About the Authors

C. Gregory DaleC. Gregory Dale, FAICP is a founding principal with McBride Dale Clarion, the Cincinnati affiliate office of Clarion Associates. Dale has nearly 30 years of planning experience. He has worked on planning projects throughout the country and has drafted or assisted with award-winning plans for Will County, Illinois; Franklin, Tennessee; and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Commission.

Christopher J. DuerksenChristopher J. Duerksen is the managing director of Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land-use consulting firm. He is a cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and has represented local governments, nonprofits, and the private sector in a variety of land-use and zoning matters.

Donald L. ElliottDonald L. Elliott, FAICP is a senior consultant with Clarion Associates, LLC. His practice focuses on land planning and zoning, growth management, and international land and urban development issues. In addition to advising U.S. local governments, his practice includes planning and governance projects in Russia, Uganda, India, Indonesia, and Lebanon.

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