This chapter in the Heart & Soul Community Planning Handbook explains how the Heart & Soul Community Planning process differs from other planning programs and how it can help engage residents and allow towns to identify and protect what matters most.
The Form-Based Codes Institute works to advance the use of Form-Based Codes - a zoning and policy tool that can help communities maintain control over the look and feel of places and improve livability.
ACP places citizens at the heart of physical planning, helping diverse interests and stakeholders find a common path toward community improvement with plans that reflect locally-defined needs and lead to implementation.
The people of Standish, Maine recognize that their community is "… a treasure of open spaces and natural beauty," which is why the town created a unique comprehensive plan to steer growth and change while maintaining rural character.
The OpenNeighborhood Project uses both high tech tools (Second Life) and low tech (cardboard cutouts) to allow the citizens of Acton, MA to envision the redevelopment of Kelley's Corner, an important town gateway.
MetroQuest is an integrated 3-D scenario planning software platform, designed to produce powerful visual displays as well as substantive information on scenarios, proposals, and tradeoffs. It is designed to substantively engage people in planning.
A Geographic Information System (GIS) software program for mapping, measuring, and analyzing the storm water, summer energy savings, carbon storage and sequestration, air quality, and wildlife of urban ecosystems.