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Finding General Plans: Reference Sources

Finding General Plans is a bibliographic research guide to locating general plans, especially for California and the San Francisco Bay Area, in the UC Berkeley libraries.

Selected General Reference Sources

  • A Bibliographic essay on the urban general plan, by Holway R. Jones. IN: The Urban general plan, by T.J. Kent, pp.187-210. A literature review of the development of the general plan idea. Good source for historical materials. U.S. focus.
  • Community planning: an introduction to the comprehensive plan, by Eric Damian Kelly. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2010.
  • General plans: how to, what not, when and why. Nuts & Bolts Conference presented by American Planning Association, Orange County Section.v[Santa Ana, CA]: The Section, [1993] The "hows" and "whys" of creating a general plan. Material presented at an APA-sponsored seminar.
  • Goals of comprehensive planning, by Alan Altshuler, IN: Journal of the American Institute of Planners, v.31:186-95, August 1965. [Washington, D.C., etc., American Institute of Planners]
  • Guidelines for preparing urban plans, by Larz T. Anderson. Chicago: Planners Press, American Planning Association, 1995.
  • Plan graphics, by David A. Davis, Theodore D. Walker. 5th ed. NY: Wiley, 2000. A compilation of graphic techniques for both large- and small-scale plans.
  • The Urban general plan, by Thomas J. Kent. San Francisco: Chandler Publishing Co., 1964. Classic text by founder of DCRP and Berkeley planner-city councilman. With a bibliographic essay on the urban general plan by Holway R. Jones.

Selected California Reference Sources

For more general information on California planning see the research guide California Planning online.

Planning, zoning, and development laws, Sacramento: California Office of Planning and Research, 1980--. Approx. biennial. Current California statutory planning law compiled as technical assistance for local planning agencies. Includes Subdivision Map Act and miscellaneous planning-related laws.

Campus Libraries

These libraries have significant collections of general plans. Community libraries are also excellent sources of local planning documents.