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Planning Professional Practice: General Practice

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.

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General Practice

  • The ABZs of planning management, by Paul C. Zucker. 2nd ed. San Diego, CA: West Coast Publishers, 2007. Bibliography, p. 481-492.
  • Guide to California planning, William Fulton and Paul Shigley, eds. 4th ed. Point Arena, CA: Solano Press Books, 2012.
  • How to set up a planning agency library. 4th ed. Katharina Richter, ed. Chicago: American Planning Association, 1984. A system for organizing or reorganizing a planning agency library.
  • Making planning work: a guide to approaches and skills, by Cliff Hague ... [et al.]. Rugby: Intermediate Technology Publications, 2006.
  • PAS memo. Chicago: American Planning Association, 1971--; monthly. Comes with APA Planning Advisory Service Reports. Brief article(s), usually on a theme. Cumulative index 1971-85 with bound periodicals.
  • PAS report. Chicago: American Planning Association. Planning Advisory Service, 1949--. How-to-do-it pamphlets covering individual subjects of current interest to practicing planners. Latest cumulative index at Reference Desk (NA9000 A53).
  • The Practice of local government planning. Charles J. Hoch, Linda C. Dalton, Frank S. So, ed. 3rd edition. Washington, DC: International City Management Association, in cooperation with the American Planning Association, 2000. Known as the "green book." Emphasizes the managerial perspective in decision-making.
  • The Practice of state and regional planning, Frank S. So, et al., ed. Washington, DC: International City Management Association, 1986. Companion to The Practice of local government planning. Similar format and perspective, except on state and regional level.
  • Program evaluation: methods and case studies, by Emil J. Posava. 8th ed. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2011.
  • Project management for planners: a practical guide, by Terry A. Clark. Chicago, IL: Planners Press, American Planning Association, [2002]
  • Reinventing planning: a new governance paradigm for managing human settlements (PDF) A Position Paper developing themes from the Draft Vancouver Declaration for debate leading into the World Planners Congress, Vancouver 17-20 June 2006
  • Skills for planning practice, by Ted Kitchen. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 
  • The Survey research handbook, by Pamela L. Alreck, Robert B. Settle. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2004.
  • Urban planning and design criteria, by Joseph De Chiara. 3rd ed. NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1982. Answers practical questions arising constantly in urban planning and design. Useful where professional staff is limited. Covers typical conditions in the U.S.
  • Vancouver declaration (PDF) (World Planners Congress) Drafted by the Canadian Institute of Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Royal Town Planning Institute, with signatories from planning organizations from more than 15 countries.


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