The Citizen's Guide to Planning: Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Citizen’s Guide to Planning is a soup-to-nuts, highly reliable guide to any issue a citizen or trained professional is likely to encounter. Form-based zoning and takings issues? Community workshops with keyboard polling? Ethical principles for planning? They’re all here. Plus, the book lives up to its title—a citizen’s, not just a professional’s, guide to real-life issues of planning in American communities.
-Neal Peirce, Chairman of Citistates Group and columnist for the Washington Post

The Citizen’s Guide to Planning is an invaluable resource both for professionals and laymen. It presents the fundamentals of city planning in clear, simple English: its objectives, vocabulary, techniques, and legal foundation. There is nothing better!
-Alexander Garvin, president and CEO of Alex Garvin & Associates, Inc. and author of The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932364651
  • Publisher: American Planning Association (Planners Press)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 486,973
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. Duerksen is a managing director and Donald L. Elliott is a senior consultant, both at Clarion Associates, LLC, a land-use consulting firm. C. Gregory Dale is a founding principal with McBride Dale Clarion, the Cincinnati affiliate office of Clarion Associates.

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