This selective annotated guide lists resources supporting the professional practice of city, regional, and environmental planning. Included are handbooks, planning regulations, and other material of interest to the practicing American planner.
National historic planning landmarks. American Institute of Certified Planners. The AICP National Historic Planning Landmarks award recognizes pioneering works, used as a precedent for other work, available for public use and viewing, and a minimum of 25 years old. The awards, which began in 1986, are usually announced in the April issue of the APA'sPlanning magazine. For a cumulative list of planning landmarks, see the latest edition of the Almanac of architecture and design.
The National Planning Association at work: six decades of providing solutions to America's challenges. Washington, DC: National Planning Association, 1995. NPA report: no. 278.
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Administrative manual for consulting planners. [Washington]: American Society of Consulting Planners, 1992. Addresses the administrative and managerial aspects of conducting a planning practice. Includes the Society's Code of professional conduct.
Managing small cities and counties: a practical guide. Edited by James M. Banovetz, Drew A. Dolan, John W. Swain. Washington, DC: Published for the ICMA Training Institute by the International City/County Management Association, 1994. Includes annotated bibliographies.
Planners pocket guide. Sacramento: League of California Cities, . Designed as a comprehensive tool in a compact package to allow for easy use during meetings and public presentations. Includes a glossary and fold-out charts.
The Small town planning handbook, by Thomas L. Daniels, John W. Keller, Mark B. Lapping. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Planning Association, 1995. Covers the range of planning issues for non-urban places and is "intended for use in small cities, rural counties, and towns of about 1,000 to 10,000 people."
Items listed here concern the regulatory environment in the United States, with California-specific items listed further below. Related Environmental Design Library guides of interest include Finding General Plans, California Planning online, and Environmental Planning online. The latter title includes many useful links to full text environmental law websites. For titles pertaining to other countries and places, consult the Library's catalogs. Also note that the UC Berkeley Law Library, Boalt Hall, has excellent collections of land use and zoning laws.
Housing and development reporter. Washington, DC: Bureau of National Affairs, 1973--; semi-monthly updates. Up-to-date, detailed coverage of federal regulations and programs related to housing, urban and rural community development, changes in HUD, etc. Full text of some memos and directives.
Mastering NEPA: a step-by-step approach, by Ronald E. Bass, Albert I. Herson. Point Arena, CA: Solano Press Books, 1993. Designed to provide a simplified framework for understanding NEPA and incorporating it into an agency's day-to-day activities.
Zoning and planning law handbook. Mark S. Dennison, ed. NY: Clark Boardman Co., 1981--; annual. Presents a comprehensive review and analysis of the significant recent developments and projected trends in the land use and zoning field.
CEQA deskbook. Point Arena, CA: Solano Press. Overview of existing requirements for adequate environmental review. Included are an examination of the statute, implementing guidelines and current case law, as well as an appendix with case summaries of cases most often citied" and text of statutes.
General plan guidelines (PDF). State of California, Office of Planning and Research. Sacramento: The Office, 2003. Officially interprets and explains the requirements of California planning law. Covers the 9 required elements and the process of preparation and implementation of the general plan.
Planning, zoning, and development laws. Sacramento: State of California, Office of Planning and Research. Current California statutory planning law compiled as technical assistance for local planning agencies. Includes Subdivision Map Actand miscellaneous planning-related laws.
Time-saver standards for housing and residential development. Joseph De Chiara, et al., ed. 2nd ed. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1995. A comprehensive source of architectural design data for housing and residential development. Though technical and practical, it does not include engineering design data. Graphic presentation throughout.
The Citizen's guide to planning, by Christopher J. Duerksen, C. Gregory Dale, and Donald L. Elliott. 4th ed. Chicago: American Planning Association, 2009. Good straightforward introduction to city planning.
The Planning commissioner's book, Calif. Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1998. Describes tools available to newly appointed California planning commissioners to do their job. Sections include: the planning commission; legal side of planning; state planning law; glossary; bibiliography.