The Latest Illustrated Book of Development Definitions

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Illustrated definitions are rarely found in zoning and development ordinances. Ordinances prefer the "thousand words" rather than the "single picture." Illustrations greatly simplify how standards should be applied, particularly where the lot or parcel is irregularly shaped or where there are a number of variables present, each of which might have an impact on how the ordinance might apply in a specific situation.

This best-selling resource has been the mainstay of the planner’s bookshelf since its first publication and it differs from other books and publications containing development definitions in three major respects: It is illustrated; most of the definitions are designed to be used directly in ordinances with little or no change; and the more complex definitions are accompanied by commentaries and annotations that explain how the definition may be used in an ordinance, along with background information pertinent to the definition.

This expanded edition standardizes in one handy reference all the key terms used in zoning, subdivision, site plan, and environmental ordinances. In all, it contains 1,957 definitions and 103 illustrations that can be incorporated in local ordinances with little or no change. Written and illustrated by two professional planners with nearly eighty years of combined experience in the practice of planning and zoning, this is a basic working tool and required reference for anyone involved in land development planning and regulation.

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“This specialized glossary, a working tool for urban planners and city management officials who compose local ordinances, is also very useful for students enrolled in urban or regional programs. Heavily revised and expanded from earlier editions, this edition is a key reference source, made valuable by several unique attributes not commonly associated with dictionaries: it is illustrated (increasingly, city ordinances are containing illustrations); it includes commentaries and annotations to indicate how a term or phrase is to be used; it sufficiently generalizes the differing codes of various municipalities and states to level such barriers and still be accurate and useful in most US jurisdictions; and it reflects current interpretation and practice in land use (which has undergone remarkable change), noting significant growth in the suburbs and developments in industrial and retail sectors. Containing 1,955 definitions alphabetically arranged, 787 commentaries, and 102 illustrations, it is the only source of its kind. The vocabulary is rich, legal interpretations are treated with care, cross-references are numerous, and the bibliography is current... Highly recommended.” —J. Gelfand, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882851778
  • Publisher: CUPR/Transaction
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvey S. Moskowitz PP, FAICP, is a planning consultant and a former member and past president of the New Jersey Board of Professional Planners and was formerly on the board of directors of the American Planning Association and the New Jersey Site Improvement Advisory Board. He was the first New Jersey planner elected to the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association in 1983 and received an outstanding alumnus award from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in 1995. He has worked in over 250 municipalities and other governmental entities in the United States throughout his career.

Carl G. Lindbloom AICP, is a planning and urban design consultant with over fifty years experience in both the private and public sector. He was a member of the Princeton, New Jersey Planning Board and provided consulting services for numerous municipalities throughout the state. He is the author of Environmental Design Review, a guide for the development of municipal site plan review ordinances, and the coauthor of A Guide for Residential Design Review. He illustrated this volume and all three earlier editions.

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