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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing Collaborative
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
This guide outlines how coordinating affordable housing development with park expansions can help municipal park agencies serve low-income households without raising concerns about gentrification and displacement. It recommends targeting these coordinated projects in transit-rich...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Health, Public Spaces
Parks and natural spaces promote mental, physical, and environmental wellbeing, and many parks departments are leveraging parks and recreational resources to improve health outcomes. This report outlines the benefits of preserving access to parks and green spaces and provides policy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This report outlines best practices for effective park development and recommends that cities take inventory of their land assets, prioritize park safety and equity, and regularly engage with the public. It also highlights case studies that have implemented successful park development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Vermont
Source City of Burlington, Vermont
Policy Areas Community Development, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
Pollution and energy inefficiency are exacerbating the global climate crisis, but cities can pass local policies to address these issues. The City of Burlington, Vermont launched the net-zero-energy program in 2018 to eliminate fossil fuel use by the ground transportation and heating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Green for All
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This policy brief explains how local governments can design and implement retrofitting and/or renovation programs that make homes more energy efficient. It also presents strategies for capturing financial savings from retrofits, creating high-quality green jobs, and ensuring that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania, Texas
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
Parks enhance communities by promoting physical, mental, and social health. This guide outlines the 'complete parks approach', which helps local governments promote parks improvements by engaging communities who have historically been overlooked during parks planning discussions,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source Building Bridges Across the River
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Spaces
The 11th Street Bridge Park will expand pedestrian mobility, incorporate educational resources, and provide a public venue for arts and cultural programming. This equitable development plan outlines the project's community engagement emphasis and highlights its strategies for developing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan outlines the city's plan for tripling the amount of bicycle ridership in the city and implementing new safety measures. This document includes graphics detailing potential bike lane networks, cost estimates, a biannual progress schedule, and more. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Power Switch Action
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
Rent stabilization policies are essential to protect tenants from being exploited, displaced, or forced to forgo food, food childcare, or healthcare to cover housing costs. This toolkit outlines how local governments can implement a rent stabilization ordinance that covers as many...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source United States Department of Agriculture
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This guide outlines best practices for converting vacant land into publicly accessible green spaces and parks. It specifically highlights eight "green patterns" or strategies for holding and converting vacant land including establishing temporary green spaces in plots reserved for...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development
This report outlines a performance-based typology which communities can use to evaluate the performance of their local transit zones. It includes policy recommendations and case studies that demonstrate the implementation of different typologies. It finds that transit stations in...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Project for Public Spaces
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
Securing adequate funding is the cornerstone of any public art program. Aside from donations from private individuals and corporations, there are a number of approaches through which to garner financial support for art. These ways can be broken into four broad tracts: public/private...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
This report examines market characteristics and barriers to affordable and workforce housing development in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It outlines the extent of affordable housing development in the county over past years, financing approaches, and best practices for increasing the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania
Source We Conserve PA
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This guide examines economic impact studies of public parks, and finds parks provide many economic benefits to their surrounding communities, including increased property values, increased tax revenues, decreased medical costs due to recreational opportunities, and decreased stormwater...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Demos
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This report provides communications strategies to promote government's proactive role in the economy. It recommends emphasizing the importance of public structures like social security and public universities and explaining that government intervention in economic policy can create...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Minnesota
Source University of Minnesota
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
This report identifies and analyzes value capture policies including land value taxes, tax increment financing, special assessments, transportation utility fees, development impact fees, negotiated exactions, joint development, and air rights. It finds that these policies can generate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Lincoln Institue of Land Policy
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
This report examines the causes and consequences of rising housing costs and provides a framework for local governments to create and preserve affordable units, reduce barriers to new units, help households access private market housing, and protect against displacement and poor living...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Law and Social Policy
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development
The situation of high unemployment for black men is not new. It has persisted for decades, and scholars, sociologists, economists, policy makers, and advocates have brought attention to various aspects of this challenge and put forth solutions. Yet, it is seemingly an intractable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2006
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
City parks and open space improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities attractive places to live and work. This report examines studies on the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits of city parks and finds that many cities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
Localities can minimize disparities in access to quality parks and greenspaces through policies and regulations that reverse discriminatory restrictions. This policy brief provides best practices for advancing park equity including developing park needs assessments, generating revenue...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) California
Source Association of California Water Agencies
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
This brief outlines the Association of California Water Agencies' policy principles for integrated regional water management (IRWM) such as promoting local management of water resources, encouraging cross-sector planning, engaging diverse stakeholders, and supporting the use of regional...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Oftentimes, the residents intended to benefit from local development projects are left out of the employment opportunities that arise from said projects. First source hiring ordinances, contract clauses, and related agreements aim to rectify this issue by providing employment opportunities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
Philadelphia's park system has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in value, primarily through increased property tax revenues from properties in proximity to public parks and increased sales tax revenues from tourism. This study examines the economic benefits associated with...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Arkansas
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
If ecologies evolve through diversification, cities mature through aggregation of talent and resources. The Creative Corridor Plan is premised upon the aggregation of complementary creative organizations currently scattered throughout Little Rock. Some of these groups exist at the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) District of Columbia, Maryland
Source Montgomery County Maryland
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
The collaborative efforts of the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Washington Areat Metro Transit Authority, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission increased the usage of dedicated lanes for transit and high occupancy vehicles along major highways...

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