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The Planners’ Toolkit contains dozens of tools that are designed to achieve a myriad of Smart Growth objectives. To assist with finding the most appropriate tools, the Toolkit includes a search capability that makes site navigation easier, gives users more control, and reveals related information. The Planners’ Toolkit search function allows users to search by key terms, the 12 Blueprint Smart Growth Principles, and community type.
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Housing trust funds are established by city, county, or state governments to financially support the preservation and production of affordable housing, and to increase opportunities for low-income families and individuals to access decent homes.  Local housing trust...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    The planning and design of pedestrian/bicycle friendly routes focuses on safety.  The practice of requiring pedestrian / bicycle friendly design that is on an equal footing with vehicle transportation planning provides better opportunities to consider safety, improve...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Thirty years ago 60 percent of children living within a two-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school.  Today that number has dropped to less than 15 percent.  Roughly 25 percent commute by school bus, and well over half are driven to or from school in...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Most of the current activity around “Complete Streets” is to retrofit existing roadways into facilities that are designed to be equally safe for drivers, bicyclists, transit vehicles and users, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.  In new development, this type...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs . The three, interrelated pillars of sustainable development are the environment, social equity, and economic development. To be sustainable...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    An agricultural conservation easement is a voluntary, legally recorded deed restriction that is placed on a specific property used for agricultural production. The goal of an agricultural conservation easement is to maintain agricultural land in active production by...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Water efficient landscaping is a balanced landscape.  It uses design and plants that to suit a specific location.  A water efficient landscape plan considers soil type, plant selection, local climate, use of mulches, properly sized turf areas, efficient irrigation...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has revolutionized the world of mapping. GIS allows us to link endless amounts of information to a specific geographic location and helps us answer questions and solve problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    “Form-based codes focus on the desired structure and appearance of the built environment, rather than on restricted uses (the focus for more conventional planning tools). Form-based codes typically address the exterior form, massing, and site design of buildings and their...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    More and more communities are facing the challenges of childhood obesity, asthma, type two diabetes, and other health issues resulting from an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle.  Past efforts to address these issues focused solely on changing individual behaviors and...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Redevelopment is a tool created by state law (CA Health & Safety Code Section 33330 et seq.) to assist local governments in eliminating blight from a designated area, stimulate community development and achieve community goals.  Redevelopment can help communities...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    When land is developed new costs are incurred by the municipal government in order to provide additional services and infrastructure to that development. Such services include the expansion of fire protection, libraries, schools, policing, and emergency services, just to...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    A Market Feasibility Analysis determines the likelihood that a proposed land use or development will fulfill the objectives of a particular investor or community. For example, a feasibility study for a proposed housing subdivision should:
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Economic development strategies are concerted approaches on the part of a city or county to influence the direction of private sector investment toward opportunities that can lead to sustained economic growth within or supportive of that jurisdiction.