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Urban planning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Urban planning (urban, city, and town planning) is a technical and political process concerned with the use of land and design of the urban environment, ...

What Is Planning? - American Planning Association

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by ...

Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network

The urban planning news website, featuring articles, op-eds, jobs, courses and information for the urban planning, design and development community.

urban planning -- Encyclopedia Britannica

urban planning, design and regulation of the uses of space that focus on the physical form, economic functions, and social impacts of the urban environment and ...

Master of Urban Planning | NYU Wagner

NYU Wagner's Master of Urban Planning program brings students into direct contact with the critical urban challenges of our time. Today's urban planners must ...

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Department of Urban Planning | UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

The UCLA Department of Urban Planning is at the intersection of unique academic, regional, geographic, and professional resources that creates a learning ...

Urban and Regional Planners - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Jan 8, 2014 ... Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of ... from an accredited planning program to qualify for most positions.

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MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Website for the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Department of Urban Planning - Ball State University

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Cyburbia | Urban Planning Community - Front Page

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Urban Planning


The city planning department or city planning commission serves two main functions: to write and enforce municipal codes like zoning, subdivision and land development, and to prepare comprehensive plans. Code enforcement is executed primarily through the approval of development plans. If elements of your plan conflict with the community's stated code or don't conform to the image the community has of itself, approval of plans could be delayed or denied outright.

To ease the city planning department approval process of your development plans, it's a good idea to know:

  1. The zoning district in which you want to build and the district's regulations regarding land use, setback and building dimensions.
  2. The extent to which the community's subdivision and land development ordinance could restrict any elements of your design and delay plan approval.
  3. Whether your project is compatible with the community's comprehensive urban regional planning.

Hire an expert in urban planning

Urban planning consultants are employees of an urban planning company that can perform studies to help you better understand the limits and opportunities of the local environment and economic market. They provide design services to adapt your vision to fit within those constraints or to take advantage of various opportunities you may not be aware of, such as access to transportation or economic redevelopment tax credits made available through urban regional planning programs.

Meet with members of the community for city planning feedback

Popular support can be an effective means of getting a project approved. Charrettes are intense work sessions held at public gatherings and open houses to solicit input on architecture and urban planning principles from a host community in which a development is slated to be built. The result can mean the difference between an incompatible project being forced on a community and a custom-fit development that enhances quality of life.

Consider green alternatives for urban planning projects

Contrary to popular belief, green development typically does not increase construction costs or delay project schedules. In the long run, projects that provide tenants and customers access to alternative modes of transportation like transit-oriented development or that increase the energy efficiency of operating buildings are more attractive both to consumers and elected officials.

  • Sell your project to the city planning department as one that is a benefit to the community.
  • Wherever possible, seek out redevelopment tax breaks and other incentives to build in areas trying to revitalize.