Planning Toolkit

Our planning toolkit offers a wide variety of techniques and policies that promote Smart Growth principles.

Browse the toolkit by topic below or on the sidebar navigation of each page.

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Building Stock

  • Brownfield Redevelopment: Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties that are often contaminated from past use.
  • Green Building Standards: Simple building code fixes in can create building stock that uses less energy, manages stormwater better and provides healthier air quality.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units: Additional living space on the same property is perfect for aging parents, college students and other tenants.

Cultural Resources

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Land Development

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Open Spaces


  • Access Management: Controls how cars enter and exit a roadway.
  • Complete Streets Policy: Transportation policies that require consideration of all modes of travel.
  • Impact Fees: Allow local governments to assess improvement costs to serve new developments and pass them on to the developer.
  • Traffic Calming: A variety of strategies to slow traffic and alert drivers to the presence of other transportation modes.
  • Walkability - A Short Guide: Walkable communities can improve a community's character, equity and access.