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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines opportunities to improve transit connectivity, economic development, and sustainability in the Urbana-Champaign region. It outlines planning procedures, zoning guidelines, transit-oriented development opportunities, and market analysis results for the White Street...

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 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 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
State(s) All States
Source Resources for the Future
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
The urban heat island effect describes an increase in temperatures caused by heat absorbing surfaces in urban areas and heat-generating human activity. This guide explains how these heat islands are formed and outlines the impacts of extreme heat on public health, the economy, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Washington
Source Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Spaces
Green roofs and community gardens can bolster the locally grown food supply while sustainably utilizing public land in urban environments. This brief outlines how local governments can implement zoning and code reforms that facilitate urban farming and green space development. It...

Type Article
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source D.C. Policy Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This article covers the benefits of imposing a land-value tax in the District of Columbia on commercial and residential development. It recommends implementing a land value tax in mixed-use zones that show high opportunities for redevelopment. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Today’s youth are rarely invited into the city planning process. This paper examines the experiences of young people involved in Y-PLAN, an initiative focused on fostering relationships between civic leaders and young people around meaningful action in order to create resilient cities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for State Innovation
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
This report finds that most Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) could benefit from reforms that give them sufficient authority to guide regional planning, establish elected board members or population-based appointments, and implement state-approved performance standards. It...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This policy brief discusses how access to parkland and recreational programs significantly reduces the risk of obesity in children and adolescents. It recommends that cities promote recreational programs in areas with fewer parks, convert vacant spaces into parkland, invest in traffic-calming...

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 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Vermont
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Public Safety, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This guide outlines the permitting process for demonstration projects that improve walking, cycling, and transit access on state highways in Vermont. It provides examples of common demonstration projects, outlines design, installation, and maintenance requirements, and highlights...

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 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source National Governors Association
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent - and persistent - position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly calling on state agencies to support economic growth. It's not just economic and workforce development agencies that governors want...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source PolicyLink
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
Collectively, arts and culture enable understanding of the past and envisioning of a shared, more equitable future. In disinvested communities, arts and culture act as tools for equitable development- shaping infrastructure, transportation, access to healthy food, and connecting community...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Boston Planning and Development Agency
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing
Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) bridges the affordability gap faced by households that are ineligible for subsidies but still unable to afford housing. The policy requires developers to include affordable units in their projects or contribute to a city-wide affordable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 1997
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This report examines "hidden assets" within communities, underutilized resources that can be leveraged to promote sustainable development and capture lost value. These assets include natural resources, historic buildings, cultural diversity, and local businesses. By identifying and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Georgia
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing
Urban wealth funds allow local governments to generate revenue by taking stock of publicly owned assets and engaging in new forms of planning and development to generate long term financial returns. This report examines how Atlanta's use of an UWF to finance affordable housing expansion...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report analyzes Detroit's split-rate tax system, which applies a higher rate to land value and a lower rate to structures and property improvements. It finds that foreclosure rates in the city significantly decreased when property tax rates were effectively lowered. Its recommendations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Environmental Health
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This report provides resources to help planners, local officials, and citizens design cities that promote healthy lifestyles. It includes links to comprehensive healthy development guides, active neighborhoods toolkits, food planning guides, public safety assessments, and sustainability...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source NYU Furman Center
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Housing
To mitigate the housing shortage, New York City and Albany have studied the process of hotel deconversion to housing in both municipalities. This report provides an overview of the law governing hotel deconversion process and suggests policy implementation to further the process....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Transit-Oriented Development
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report uses the Housing and Transportation Affordability Model to examine the differences in transportation demand and GHG emissions between households in transit zones and other households and finds that by living in a central city near transit, household can reduce emissions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Environmental Protection Agency
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
The Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Initiative provides support to communities in urbanized watersheds looking to reduce stormwater runoff using green infrastructure. This brief outlines how communities can incorporate green technology into roadway and utility upgrades....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) All States
Source American Planning Association
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice
This report finds that incorporating arts and culture into economic development improves outcomes by concentrating the physical density of creative human capital, promoting artistic communities to attract visitors and further investment, and connecting the arts with other sectors...

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