Tag Archives: Planning

APA National Planning Conference

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Come to the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City and see what’s ahead for you, your community, and your career. APA’s National Planning Conference always offers advanced training by expert presenters — and a high return on your training dollars. Learn more... Read more

The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity

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The Governors’ Institute on Community Design has created a resource on the data, tools, and methodologies transportation officials need to measure access to opportunity. The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management is written to help transportation agencies integrate measurements of “access to opportunity” into their planning and investment decisions. Join this webinar to learn more about the guidebook. Register now... Read more

Community Heart & Soul: Field Guide

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This Field Guide distills twenty years of experience working with small cities and towns into a step-by-step process and a kit of resources to equip leaders, staff, and volunteers with everything they need to design and deliver the Heart & Soul method in their community. This Field Guide is an overview of the Orton Family Foundation’s four-phase method that breaks the process down into management steps and tasks to help you get the job done. It is a roadmap to... Read more

The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management

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This new resource from the Governors’ Institute on Community Design is a guidebook on the data, tools, and methodologies transportation officials need to measure access to opportunity, as well as how to integrate these measurements into their planning and investment decisions. This guidebook might also be useful to elected and civic leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who wish to work with transportation agencies to address these important priorities. Learn more... Read more

Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities

This sidewalk in Altamont, NY (pop. 1609) features a brick treatment, pedestrian scale lighting, street banners and colorful plantings. (Credit: Alta Planning + Design / CC-BY-SA)
This report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was developed to help transportation planners, practitioners, and other decision makers develop effective, locally-appropriate, and replicable strategies for public involvement in transportation planning and programming in small and rural communities. The report provides case studies and resource information to better engage environmental justice communities, as well as strategies that will mitigate or avoid prospective environmental justice issues. Read report... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

Fresh vegetables at a farmers market (Paul Collins / Flickr)
USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applications due March 27. Learn more and apply... Read more

Is ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Climate Ready?

(Credit: Jessica Rinaldi / Boston Globe)
The “Imagine Boston 2030” draft describes a climate-ready city as one that “protects our existing housing and job centers and enables future resilient growth.” Enabling future resilient growth is as much about knowing where and how to grow as it is about knowing where and how not to, but Imagine Boston 2030 seems to suggest otherwise: “Many of the areas where Boston will grow are exposed to flooding risk as sea levels rise. By growing in these areas, Boston is... Read more
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