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Recommended Model Development Principles for Protection Natural Resources - Hudson River Estuary
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Development Standards    
State: Not Applicable
This document presents specific recommendations on how to foster more environmentally sensitive local site design within the Town of Clinton, NY. The purpose of the project is to review existing development codes and identify regulatory barriers to environmentally sensitive residential and commercial development at the site level within the bounds of the Wappinger Creek Watershed. Code modifications and recommendations were crafted to provide flexibility, support, and guidance for developers implementing Better Site Design. This document focuse.. Read More

County of Clark Stormwater and Erosion Control Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
This chapter combines the county's stormwater and erosion control regulations are combined into one chapter, and apply to development or redevelopment activities that include adding 5,000 SF or more impervious surface in rural areas and 2,000 SF or more in urban areas. Stormwater requirements include off-site analysis of impacts _ mile downstream and conveyance standards. Erosion control requirements include variable requirements for small parcel and large parcel developments, signage at points of entry for subdivisions or short plats, and form.. Read More

How to Conduct a Build-Out Analysis
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Build-Out Analysis    
State: Not Applicable
The instructions formed by the Southern NH Planning Commission detail a step-by-step process a municipality should use in conducting a Build-Out Analysis. This document contains helpful information on what a Build-Out Analysis is, what questions it can answer, and the type of community best served by conducting an Analysis. The instructions detail two stages in the process, Mapping and Interpretation which entails compiling data and creating maps to create estimates, and Quantitative Analysis which is where the information collected is quantifi.. Read More

Kearny Transit-Oriented Development Vision Plan
Date Added: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Vision Plan of the Town of Kearny was developed by Regional Plan Association (RPA) to conduct a planning study of the area and a public visioning process for the Kearny Station area, near Bergen Avenue and the Harrison-Kingsland Branch Line, that was to be built as a part of New Jersey’s Access to the Region’s Core project. This report detailed the process of stakeholder meetings, a public community design workshop, and other public participation efforts RPA used to develop two consensus plans. The first o.. Read More


Township of Fairfield 2010 Build-Out Analysis
Date Added: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Build-Out Analysis    
State: Not Applicable
The 2010 Build-Out Analysis by Fairfield Township in Cumberland County, New Jersey examined the amount of development authorized by its zoning code. The final document was endorsed by the Fairfield Township Environmental Commission, and adopted by the Fairfield Township Land Use Board as an Amendment to the Master Plan. The methodology used by the Township in the Build-Out Analysis is set forth as well as the zoning standards and acreage for each district type. The document utilizes lists, charts, and maps to illustrate the data collected for t.. Read More




County of Kane Stormwater Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
Kane County implements a number of interesting floodplain regulations including regulating depressional storage, which is often beyond the regulatory floodplain. Furthermore, the County requires compensatory storage for activities within the floodplain and the BFE requirements are for 2 and 3 feet in most areas. The ordinance can be found at: www.co.kane.il.us/.. Read More

Kane County Stormwater Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
Kane County implements a number of interesting floodplain regulations including regulating depressional storage, which is often beyond the regulatory floodplain. Furthermore, the County requires compensatory storage for activities within the floodplain and the BFE requirements are for 2 and 3 feet in most areas. The ordinance can be found at: www.co.kane.il.us/.. Read More

Town of Marana Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Floodplain Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
This code is designed to meet or exceed state and federal floodplain management requirements, control development in erosion or flood hazard areas, and enhance groundwater recharge, and applies to all development within the town. All development within floodplain or erosion hazard areas require a permit, unless maintenance actions do not obstruct flow of floodwater and do not exceed a $1500 cost of improvement. There are floodway fringe requirements that restrict fill and alignment of structures to direction of flood flow. Erosion and sedimenta.. Read More

Form-Based Codes: Lessons Learned from a Mount Holly, NJ Case Study
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Form-based code merge design specifications for land development with transportation elements in order to attain the desired built environment and encourages a mix of uses and building types while emphasizing form and function. It governs building massing, streetscapes, and parking locations to promote development or redevelopment. Form-based codes were implemented in municipalities, including Mount Holly Township, throughout New Jersey as a part of the Mobility and Community Form Initiative, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of T.. Read More


Manual of Build-Out Analysis
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Build-Out Analysis    
State: Not Applicable
The Manual of Build-Out Analysis is a detailed instruction on how to conduct a Build-Out Analysis broken down step-by-step, including a description of the data requirements, materials and techniques necessary to complete both the mapping and quantitative parts of the Analysis. The document is targeted for use by planning boards and commissions, groups concerned with growth management, and professionals in administrative and planning fields. Following the instructions set out in the Manual will result in a color-coded paper map and a numerical a.. Read More

Rio Grande Valley State Park Management Plan
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
This resolution outlines components of a management plan for a park along the Rio Grande River. It includes elements to protect the structural integrity of the river, the water quality, and the wildlife habitat along the river. It also includes an environmental monitoring component... Read More

Build-Out Analysis Pittsgrove Township, Salem County
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Land Use Planning, Build-Out Analysis    
State: Not Applicable
Pittsgrove Township completed its build-out analysis in August 2009 for the purpose of determining the capacity for new septic systems (and the homes they service) to be located within the township. To achieve this purpose, Pittsgrove not only examined the amount of development authorized by its zoning code like Fairfield Township, it also considered whether septic system yields affected the amount of development that was likely to occur in the community. Importantly, Pittsgrove looked at the fiscal implications that would result from full buil.. Read More

State Street Corridor Transit Oriented Development Policy Guidelines
Date Added: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
This document is a comprehensive walk-through of a state plan for implementing Transit Oriented Development (TOD). It contains policy guidelines for the first step in a twenty-year project to implement TOD in Idaho’s State Street Corridor and advises communities on site-specific as well as more general guidance in order to create a region-wide concerted and cooperative effort. Model language and detailed information on TOD policy guidelines provide communities with a model to follow in implementing TOD... Read More

Quantity versus Quality in Off-Street Parking Requirements
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Parking    
State: Not Applicable
Many communities emphasize quantity over quality in off-street parking requirements and have minimum parking requirements that produce an excessive supply of parking. This article details five strategies that planners can use to improve urban design and avoid problems with parking: deregulate or limit the number of parking spaces, improve the location of parking, improve the design of surface parking, improve the design of parking structures, and improve the design of residential garages... Read More

County of DuPage Countywide Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinances
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
DuPage County is one of the ‘collar’ counties ringing Chicago. The County has implemented some of the most innovative regulations under the rubric of No Adverse Impact in order to stem flooding problems. The County requires compensatory storage that is 1.5 times the volume of the floodplain that has been displaced, requires 1 foot of elevation from BFE for all structures in and out of the floodplain, and mandates no net rise for any development. The floodplain regulations are combined with stormwater, erosion and sedimentation, and wetlands con.. Read More

County of DuPage Countywide Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinances
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
DuPage County is one of the ‘collar’ counties ringing Chicago. The County has implemented some of the most innovative regulations under the rubric of No Adverse Impact in order to stem flooding problems. The County requires compensatory storage that is 1.5 times the volume of the floodplain that has been displaced, requires 1 foot of elevation from BFE for all structures in and out of the floodplain, and mandates no net rise for any development. The floodplain regulations are combined with stormwater, erosion and sedimentation, and wetlands con.. Read More

Guidance for Developing Watershed Implementation Plans in Illinois
Date Added: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Watershed Planning, Watershed Protection    
State: Not Applicable
This Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) “Guidance Document” is designed to provide tools for watershed planning groups and in turn, devise a comprehensive WIP for their watershed. The guide provides for what should be in a WIP, as well as a format that will help to improve consistency among WIPs developed throughout Illinois. The Guide addresses water quality through examination of its chemical, biological, and physical/habitat integrity... Read More


Planning: Build-Out and Capacity Analysis
Date Added: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Smart Growth, Build-Out Analysis, Capacity Analysis    
State: Not Applicable
The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions put together a Smart Growth Survival Kit that includes documents on the Environmental Resource Inventory, Affordable Housing, the Master Plan, and using Ordinances to protect local natural resources. Planning: Build-Out and Capacity Analysis is a part of the Survival Kit which details what Build-Out and Carrying Capacity are as well as the steps that must be taken in order to complete the analyses. A Build-Out Analysis helps determine what a municipality will look like if all the vacan.. Read More

County of Maricopa Floodplain Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
Maricopa County started its flood control program in 1959 because of excessive flooding in the town of Phoenix. These floodplain regulations are innovative because of their completeness and the details they include for each designated floodplain zone. FEMA has delegated Maricopa County to do its own mapping which guarantees more up-to-date and inclusive floodplain mapping information for this fast-growing area. The ordinances are therefore applicable to a greater area and population... Read More

Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
Maricopa County started its flood control program in 1959 because of excessive flooding in the town of Phoenix. These floodplain regulations are innovative because of their completeness and the details they include for each designated floodplain zone. FEMA has delegated Maricopa County to do its own mapping which guarantees more up-to-date and inclusive floodplain mapping information for this fast-growing area. The ordinances are therefore applicable to a greater area and population... Read More

Montclair Township Unified Land Use + Circulation Element Draft
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Land Use Planning, Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
The Montclair Township has experienced several shifts identified through a demographic, transportation, and economic analysis that will impact future municipal policy, such as decreasing household sizes, stagnant wages, increased housing prices, more people using transit to travel to work or working from home, an increased amount of elderly residents, and a lack of availability of a diverse range of housing types. The plan uses Unified Land Use and Circulation approach which is largely unprecedented in traditional Master Planning. Through inter.. Read More

New York State Statutes that Provide for the Protection of Agricultural Lands
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
Michael Morea’s article reviews different New York State statutes and different methods that can be implemented to preserve farmland and still allow development. The author concludes that New York State is trying to carry out its Constitutional policy of preserving farmland, but that the statutes are largely separated and it is difficult for the municipality to create a effective policy. Some of the statutes that the author discovered provide tax breaks and financial incentives for the creation of easements restricting the land to agricultural .. Read More

Mecklenburg County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
This ordinance applies to all land-disturbing activities, except forest activity that follows the state forest practice guidelines and agriculture, but requires a sediment and erosion control plan only on activities that disturb more than one acre. The ordinance controls the length, location, and area of soil exposure and requires weekly monitoring and post-storm event monitoring. In addition this ordinance is designed to facilitate the county’s efforts to assess penalties on those in non-compliance, by including a thorough list of violations a.. Read More


Coastal Zone Management Act
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Coastal Protection, Stormwater Management, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
State: Not Applicable
The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) and the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 offer state governments a voluntary partnership with the federal government to protect coastal resources. To receive federal funding, participating states must create approved coastal zone management programs. The Act calls for the coordination of state and local water quality plans and specifies that federal agency activity “within or outside the coastal zone that affects any land or water use or natural resource of the coastal zone” must.. Read More


How To Do A Build-Out Analysis
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Build-Out Analysis    
State: Not Applicable
The instructions formed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides an overview of the process a municipality should use in conducting a Build-Out Analysis. This document contains helpful information on what a Build-Out Analysis is and why it is a useful tool, issues that should be considered when conducting an Analysis and additional information that is available on conducting one. The instructions details two phases in the process, Phase I which visually depicts changes on a map and Phase II which quantifies the impact of the changes.. Read More


Village of Mamaroneck TOD Zoning Study
Date Added: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Affordable Housing , Overlay District, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
The Village of Mamaroneck was awarded a grant from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) and the One Region Funders’ Group to conduct a community-based Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning study that would result in a draft zoning ordinance for the area near the Mamaroneck Metro-North Railroad Station. Mamaroneck has access to public transit, through the Westchester County Bee-Line Bus and Metro North, as well as major transportation corridors including I-95 (New England Thruway), the Hutchinson River Parkway and U.S. Route 1 (B.. Read More

A New Transit-Oriented Development District Zoning Regulation for Meriden
Date Added: Friday, July 17, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Meriden, Connecticut prepared a presentation for a public information meeting outlining the new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Regulation. The presentation detailed the goals and implementation strategies, laid out TOD sub-districts, use regulations, parking standards, development standards, density goals, and detailed the TOD Master-Plan. In addition to laying out the details of the regulations, the presentation had many maps and mock-ups showing how the development would look in different districts on different streets, including aerial v.. Read More


Town of Dover Transit Oriented Development Plan
Date Added: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
The Transit Oriented Development Plan (TOD) of the Town of Dover, New Jersey augments the existing land use patterns with new mixed-use residential and commercial development that are based on strong architectural form. It recommends form-based zoning changes, which will run concurrently to the Town’s Master Plan Process, that utilize historic planning and design practice while integrating recent market studies of the Town’s resources. The plan also focuses on pedestrian amenities through creating a strong streetscape program which creates a st.. Read More

Transit Oriented Development Plan Linden Station Area Draft
Date Added: Friday, July 17, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan for Linden Station Area contains the City’s vision for TOD, the strategies for how to achieve it, provides a framework to enhance the compact walkable community that is centered around the Station, and designates four districts to accomplish this, the Core District, the Wood Avenue District, the Elizabeth Avenue District and an Office Residential Character/Live-work District. This plan builds upon the South Wood Avenue Redevelopment Plan, Theater Redevelopment and development approvals to locate mid-r.. Read More

County of Knox Stormwater Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
Knox County has a number of ordinances not commonly found in other communities. Development is regulated within the 500-year floodplain, and before a property owner hands over title to his or her land or structure, a State-certified engineer must certify the as-built elevations of all structures in the floodplain comply with the standards of the ordinance. Building requirements mandate 1 foot BFE above the 500-year floodplain and construction fill between one-half the linear distance between the floodway line and the 100-year floodplain line un.. Read More

County of Knox Stormwater Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
Knox County has a number of ordinances not commonly found in other communities. Development is regulated within the 500-year floodplain, and before a property owner hands over title to his or her land or structure, a State-certified engineer must certify the as-built elevations of all structures in the floodplain comply with the standards of the ordinance. Building requirements mandate 1 foot BFE above the 500-year floodplain and construction fill between one-half the linear distance between the floodway line and the 100-year floodplain line un.. Read More

City of New Britain: Principles For Transit-Oriented Development
Date Added: Friday, July 17, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
This station area planning study provides an in-depth explanation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD), its role in municipal land use policy and its general principles. The study was developed for the City of New Britain to assess the existing conditions of the city’s Cedar and East Street Stations and provide design and development recommendations. The report contains detailed maps and visual representations of typical development and proposed development that can be used to assist communities in their own development planning... Read More




Proposed Hatfield Zoning Amendment - Water Supply Protection District
Date Added: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Aquifer Protection, Water Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
This zoning amendment delineates the boundaries of the Water Supply Protection District and specifies what uses are prohibited or restricted inside of the district, such as the prohibition of a certain percentage of impervious surface. The requirements for obtaining special permits, which may only be granted provided that no adverse effect on water quality or quantity occurs, are also described... Read More


South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
State: Not Applicable
Tacoma established the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District in order “to prevent the degradation of groundwater in the South Tacoma aquifer system by controlling the use and handling of hazardous substances.” Permits are required for all activities that use hazardous substances and applicants must have “demonstrated that said facility complies with all provisions of this chapter and the standards set forth in the General Guidance and Performance Standards.”.. Read More

Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities in Somerset County, New Jersey
Date Added: Monday, July 20, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
The Somerset County Planning Board conducted the study on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Opportunities as a part of the County’s Smart Growth planning initiatives to enhance and encourage transit use and pedestrian and bicycle activity. This study was created to assist local municipalities in effectively implementing TOD. Through a planning process that involved public and stakeholder participation, transit system analysis, physical site analysis, and an understanding of market conditions, five potential sites for TOD were chosen. Three sit.. Read More

County of New Castle Environment First Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
The Environment First amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC), were introduced May 13, 2003. They tighten up the already strict and thorough regulations of the UDC, which includes Article 23: Landscaping, Trees, and Erosion. The Environment First amendments strengthen the riparian buffer requirements in order to dissipate the velocity of runoff and control erosion, requires stormwater management and grading efforts to use green technology best management practices and to maintain non-erosive velocities of runoff and allows herbaceous v.. Read More

The High Cost of Free Parking
Date Added: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Parking    
State: Not Applicable
This paper identifies free parking as the fundamental problem planners face with parking, and explores the consequences associated with it. Actual monetary cost as well as raised housing costs, and reduced urban density are all evaluated in relation to minimum parking requirements. The paper also provides information on how charging for curbside parking, as an alternative to minimum parking requirements, is more beneficial... Read More

Driving Urban Environments: Growth Parking Best Practices
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Smart Growth, Parking    
State: Not Applicable
Parking is one of the biggest challenges to smart growth because it consumes large amounts of land that could be developed. Parking requirements now drive many site designs and play a crucial role in financing for new developments. Maryland conducted a study which identifies and addresses best practices for three areas of parking challenges faced by developers, which are parking management, which identifies strategies to control the supply and demand for parking, parking design, which proposes strategies that reduce the aesthetic and environmen.. Read More

Edwards Aquifer Protection Regulations
Date Added: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
State: Not Applicable
In the San Marcos, Texas Code of Ordinances, Chapter 94 Development Standards, Edwards Aquifer Protection Regulations. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution. The aquifer has significant environmental, economic, and recreational values. The ordinance regulates development over the aquifer in order to protect health and environmental features such as endangered species. It functions by limiting impervious coverage in the recharge and transition zones of the aquifer... Read More





Parking Spaces / Community Places, Finding the Balance through Smart Growth Solutions
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Smart Growth, Parking    
State: Not Applicable
This guidebook by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency illustrates parking issues faced by municipalities and explains suggested alternatives to parking. Viewed through the lens of the impact of parking on the environment, the importance of mixed-use, walkable areas that balance parking with other environmental concerns are illustrated through case studies of cities throughout the United States that municipalities can look to for assistance with Smart Growth. .. Read More