Making Space for Tiny Houses

​Tiny houses are attracting a lot of attention. Advocates often tout the affordability and environmental friendliness of living in very small homes. Meanwhile, skeptics and detractors see a passing fad and caution against embracing tiny houses as a distinct type of dwelling. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes describes different types of tiny houses and explains how land-use and development regulations affect tiny-house living. Read more... Read more

Design Your Town

This interactive web-based resource from the Regional Plan Association (RPA) is for citizen planners, professionals and anyone concerned about the quality of the villages and landscapes where they live. The website has attractive and sustainable designs for different kinds of places along with the details, policies and regulations needed for implementation. You can start by picking the kind of place you want to fix – from downtowns to rural villages – or by searching through best practices for landscape design,... Read more

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016

More than 1,000 jurisdictions in the United States have made formal commitments to streets that are safe and convenient for everyone—no matter their age, income, race, ethnicity, physical ability, or how they choose to travel—by passing a Complete Streets policy. In 2016, 222 new policies were passed, and this year’s policies were the strongest yet. This report from the National Complete Streets Coalition celebrates all of these accomplishments as well as the communities that passed the strongest Complete Streets policies... Read more

Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels: Effective Practices in Affordable Housing Development

This research from Enterprise Community Partners identifies leading practices and recommendations for overcoming challenges to creating affordable housing and other community benefits through the publicly owned parcel development process. This research also provides a range of approaches and success stories for equitable publicly owned parcel development. Read report... Read more

Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

Delivering more equitable outcomes requires a different approach to planning. Many climate preparedness and adaptation guides exist and most acknowledge the importance of equity and public participation; however, few address equity issues by addressing specific adaptation solutions, tactics for inclusive community engagement, or the root causes of inequities in climate risk. This guide from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network addresses these gaps. The purpose of the Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning is to provide guidance to local governments... Read more

Preservation for People: A Vision for the Future

This report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation represents the culmination of more than a year of aspirational thought and discussion among preservationists, scholars, and others closely aligned with or affected by their work, including architects, artists, community advocates, developers, and municipal leaders. After 50 years of achievement under the National Historic Preservation Act, this report takes stock of the current direction, strengths, and shortcomings of historic preservation; and develops a vision to guide efforts for the next 50... Read more

Urban Revitalization & Impact Investing White Paper

​The purpose of this white paper is to document the potential of a collaboration between impact investors and development finance agencies (DFAs) to fill the capital gaps facing cities and neighborhoods working to support urban revitalization and to accelerate DFAs as a major source of capital to grow, create jobs and spur economic and community development. Through myriad financing tools such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits and revolving loan funds, foundations can use impact investing as a way... Read more

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

This guide from the Clean Energy States Alliance discusses the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides strategies that can be used to encourage low-income solar adoption, including many financing ideas: on-bill repayment, property-assessed clean energy (PACE), and pay as you save (PAYS) programs. It covers direct incentives such as renewable energy certificates (RECs) and solar RECs, compensation mechanisms (such as net metering and virtual net metering), and new business models such as crowdfunding. Read more... Read more

Outdoor Recreation Economy Report

​ Outdoor recreation is among our nation’s largest economic sectors. From the smallest rural towns to the most densely packed cities, outdoor recreation powers a vast economic engine that creates billions in spending and millions of good – paying American jobs. When we invest the foundation of the recreation economy, our public lands and waters, there is compounding return in the form of healthier communities, healthier economies and healthier people. Read report... Read more
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