SCI Resource Library - Land Use, Development, and Investment

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Land Acquisition

Four Corners/Geneva Ave Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to complement the transit infrastructure at the new MBTA station and to enhance three distinct Main Street districts at Four Corners, Bowdoin/Geneva, and Grove Hall and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: October 2015

Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to complement the transit infrastructure at a new MBTA station and to enhance both the commercial center of Mattapan Square and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: February 2015

Re-Industrialization Strategy for Allentown, PA - Phase II Little Lehigh

This document provides a re-industrialization and economic development strategy for the Little Lehigh Corridor in Allentown, PA. It also provides an analysis of existing conditions and site strategies for development. 

Date Published: May 2014

Upham’s Corner Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Upham's Corner Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to enhance both the commercial center of Upham's Corner and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: April 2014

Developing Land Acquisition and TOD Funds Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, engages organizations considering launching fund efforts, to better understand how a structured fund model works, where and when one might be utilized successfully, and the opportunities and challenges specific to utilizing Sustainable Communities or other federal resources in such a model. Speakers from two communities, one city, one region, highlight their current activities.

Date Published: May 2012

Land Recycling/Brownfields/Infill

SCI Snapshots: Brownfields and Land Recycling

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in brownfields and land recycling from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Brownfields Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This plan lays out the Adirondack Gateway Council region's brownfield remediation strategies.

Date Published: June 2015

Cargo-Oriented Development Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an economic analysis of Erie County, PA and identifies opportunities for cargo-oriented development. It also defines cargo-oriented development as the placement and growth of logistics and industrial businesses in locations with excellent access to multiple modes of freight transportation, concentrations of complementary enterprises, and a ready industrial workforce.

Date Published: November 2014

Redevelopment Vision for Rawleigh Complex, Freeport, IL

This plan provides a strategy for the redevelopment of the Rawleigh Complex. 

Date Published: November 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

Public Sites Renewable Energy Feasibility Study for Centralina, NC and SC

This guidebook provides information about the economics and basic technology of renewable energy. It includes descriptions of basic economics, tax incentives, and common deal structures in this industry, and provides six case studies which represent a variety of types of sites and technologies.

Date Published: August 2014

Brownfields and Vacant Properties Inventories and Information Systems: Lessons from the Field Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2014, discusses the value and various means of conducting inventories and property condition surveys as well as building information systems around brownfields and vacant properties. Presenters share examples from communities on how to use this data to inform the development and implementation of plans, spur strategic revitalization initiatives, leverage funding, and educate and engage the public.

Date Published: August 2014

The CHASE Action Agenda: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity in Congress Heights, Anacostia and Saint Elizabeths

This grantee planning document examines seven topics: jobs and job training; entrepreneurship and small business development; housing; retail amenities; preservation and redevelopment; arts and culture; and transportation connections. The Implementation Blueprint lays out a vision for each topic area and identifies key actions for implementation by both District agencies and community-based organizations to complete by early 2015.

Date Published: May 2014

Urban Agriculture on Brownfields

This guide from EPA works through the main issues like site investigation, and "how clean is clean enough for gardening activities.  "Urban agriculture is increasingly understood as a way to revitalize communities. With so much underused brownfield space out there, it is natural some communities would be starting to wonder how to make the two things go together.  

Date Published: April 2014

Green Infrastructure on Brownfields

This practice guide investigates innovative ways local governments and developers are working to install green infrastructure water management features on brownfield sites. With careful planning, many contaminated properties can be made safe for infiltration and water capture. In addition to the water management benefits, using GI opens the door to many additional sources of funding.

Date Published: April 2014

Meet Me Downtown: Case Studies in Small Town Economic Development Webinar

This webinar, held on February 5, 2014, highlights three small towns (Greenville, KY; Claremont, NH; and Millen, GA) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives. The webinar showcases how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents.

Date Published: February 2014

CHASE Neighborhoods Pattern Book with Design and Development Guidelines

This design guide provides examples of three representative building types in the historic CHASE neighborhoods: 1) Rowhouse, 2) Semi-detached, and 3) Detached. For each of these types the Pattern Book describes unit characteristics and provides sample floor plans and elevations that illustrate context-sensitive design principles for each type. It also discusses the potential benefits of modular construction for infill development on vacant lots. This document is intended primarily for developers planning to build infill housing on vacant lots, but it may also prove useful for homeowners interested in rehabilitating their homes.

Date Published: February 2014

Building Capacity: Issue Brief Compilation from Phase I Team Implementation

This issue brief represents a compilation of specific issue area briefs provided by the Implementation team. Each issue brief accompanied a monthly webinar and allowed grantees to gain additional resources on topics such as creating regional TOD plans and strategies, infill infrastructure financing, advancing sustainability in a slow economy, and redeveloping brownfield properties. This document was created for the purpose of providing grantees with a one-stop resource for all issue briefs from Phase I Capacity Building work of Team Implementation.

Date Published: December 2013

Materials for Brownfields Redevelopment: Catalysts for Change

This session will help you understand the value of and resources available for including brownfield sites--which are ubiquitous across the nation--in your sustainable development planning and building systematic brownfield redevelopment programs in your communities and regions.

Date Published: November 2013

Bergamot Area Plan, Santa Monica, CA

This area plan provides a strategy to create Santa Monica, CA's most sustainable neighborhood--one that both conserves the authentic, industrial character while also removing barriers to housing and preparing for the arrival of the Exposition Light Rail in 2016.

Date Published: June 2013

Preliminary Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment

This sector plan provides a vision for each of the four stations in Upper Marlboro, MD, including a detailed real estate market analysis and analysis of the available opportunities for infill and redevelopment within an easy walk of the four Metro stations.

Date Published: May 2013

Redeveloping Brownfield Properties: A Regional Approach Webinar

This webinar, held on June 20, 2012, addresses local and regional strategies for redeveloping environmentally challenged properties (commonly referred to as "brownfields") by showcasing successful and transformative brownfield redevelopment projects and programs from around the country. Discussion topics include the financial, technical, and regulatory tools available to move your planning and redevelopment forward.

Date Published: June 2012

Issue Brief: Redeveloping Brownfield Sites

This issue brief brownfields and giving a brief history of federal environmental laws, and then describes different approaches to redeveloping contaminated land, with case studies from around the country. The issue brief also provides suggestions for funding resources.

Date Published: June 2012

Issue Brief: TOD and Infrastructure Finance

This issue brief provides an overview of the types of infrastructure needs typically associated with TOD and infill development, the challenges involved in paying for this infrastructure, key infrastructure finance terms and tools, and the process of formulating a successful infrastructure funding and financing strategy.

Date Published: June 2012

Case Studies for Stormwater Management on Compacted, Contaminated Soils in Dense Urban Areas

These case studies provide three examples of projects that successfully implemented stormwater management principles.

Date Published: March 2012

Mixed-Use Development

Parkview Gardens Final Sustainable Development Plan: Connecting People, Places, & Parks

This regional plan provides a plan to ensure that housing, parks, public space, infrastructure improvements, amenities, and economic development complement and capitalize on existing and ongoing public transportation initiatives in University City, MO. The Plan integrates transportation, housing, public space, and cultural arts in a comprehensive, community-driven vision for the future of the Parkview Gardens.

Date Published: June 2014

Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies Webinar

This webinar, held on April 8, 2014, features leaders from east central Iowa, Longmont, Colorado, and Springfield, Massachusetts discussing how they are rebuilding and protecting their economic assets, including downtowns and key industries. The presenters discuss targeting growth to safe locations; encouraging walkable, mixed-use design; providing recovery funding and preparedness training to businesses; upgrading infrastructure; encouraging economic diversification; and promoting regional partnerships and coordinated planning.

Date Published: April 2014

Meet Me Downtown: Case Studies in Small Town Economic Development Webinar

This webinar, held on February 5, 2014, highlights three small towns (Greenville, KY; Claremont, NH; and Millen, GA) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives. The webinar showcases how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents.

Date Published: February 2014

Development Opportunity Areas Analysis for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an analysis of 15 neighborhood transit oriented development opportunities. It also provides a market analysis for each area. 

Date Published: October 2013

New Haven, CT Hill to Downtown Community Plan

This area plan provides a strategy to create Santa Monica, CA's most sustainable neighborhood--one that both conserves the authentic, industrial character while also removing barriers to housing and preparing for the arrival of the Exposition Light Rail in 2016.

Date Published: June 2013

Midtown Hattiesburg Master Plan

This downtown master plan provides information about how to create a walkable, workable, livable mixed-use community that connects people to living, shopping, dining, entertainment, educational, medical, cultural and recreational venues in Hattiesburg, MS.

Date Published: July 2013

Vickery Meadow Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan details specific initiatives to create a better future for the Vickery Meadow area, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access. The document is organized into the following main sections:1) Setting and Existing Conditions; 2) Planning Process; 3) Vision and Guiding Principles; 4) Development Plan; 5) Catalyst Project Implementation; 6) Adaptive Reuse Implementation; and 7) Area-Wide Implementation Strategies and Actions.

Date Published: April 2013

Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Final Plan Executive Summary

This strategic plan provides a plan for developing Pittsburgh's Allegheny Riverfront into a mixed use-trail and green infrastructure zone.

Date Published: March 2013

Trip Generation Tool for Mixed-Use Developments

This spreadsheet includes a tool that makes it easy to estimate trips generated by a new mixed-use development to more fairly assess these projects in development review processes.

Date Published: February 2012

Predevelopment

Infrastructure Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This website for the Adirondack Gateway Council lays out the region's planned infrastructure developments, including target communities in the region and their respective proposed projects, as well as reports and other related documents.

Date Published: January 2017

Cargo-Oriented Development Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an economic analysis of Erie County, PA and identifies opportunities for cargo-oriented development. It also defines cargo-oriented development as the placement and growth of logistics and industrial businesses in locations with excellent access to multiple modes of freight transportation, concentrations of complementary enterprises, and a ready industrial workforce.

Date Published: November 2014

Re-Industrialization Strategy for Allentown, PA - Phase II Little Lehigh

This document provides a re-industrialization and economic development strategy for the Little Lehigh Corridor in Allentown, PA. It also provides an analysis of existing conditions and site strategies for development. 

Date Published: May 2014

Downtown North / Downtown West: A Plan for the City of Hartford

This report provides a strategic approach to planning for two neighborhoods in Hartford, CT: Downtown North and Downtown West. It also presents a clearer framework for marketing the district for future development and informing requests for development proposals.

Date Published: December 2013

Development Opportunity Areas Analysis for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an analysis of 15 neighborhood transit oriented development opportunities. It also provides a market analysis for each area. 

Date Published: October 2013

Buckner Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan provides information about specific initiatives to create a better future for the Buckner area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Hatcher Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan provides details about specific initiatives to create a better future for the Hatcher station area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Vickery Meadow Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan details specific initiatives to create a better future for the Vickery Meadow area, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access. The document is organized into the following main sections:1) Setting and Existing Conditions; 2) Planning Process; 3) Vision and Guiding Principles; 4) Development Plan; 5) Catalyst Project Implementation; 6) Adaptive Reuse Implementation; and 7) Area-Wide Implementation Strategies and Actions.

Date Published: April 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

The station area plan provides details about specific initiatives to create a better future for the MLK Station area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Transit-Oriented Development

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Project for Saint Paul, MN Gateway Corridor

The Gateway Corridor project includes transit studies and news updates for Bus Rapid Transit project connecting the east metro area to the Twin Cities.

Date Published: January 2017

Downtown Allentown, PA Development and Urban Design Plan

This document outlines a plan for downtown development in Allentown, PA. It also provides recommendations in the areas of land use, urban design, and transportation and infrastructure. 

Date Published: December 2015

Four Corners/Geneva Ave Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to complement the transit infrastructure at the new MBTA station and to enhance three distinct Main Street districts at Four Corners, Bowdoin/Geneva, and Grove Hall and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: October 2015

Leveraging Investment in Transit to Achieve Community and Economic Vitality in Denver, CO

This report, Leveraging the Investment in Transit to Achieve Community and Economic Vitality is an action plan for advancing transit oriented development and complete communities along the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks rail system, which links jurisdictions throughout the metro Denver region.

Date Published: June 2015

Uptown Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: June 2015

Eastlake Garfield Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Gateway Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Midtown Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Solano Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Preliminary Engineering Concept TOD Plan for Orange Avenue, FL

This engineering concept plan incorporates alternatives for the Orange Avenue corridor around the Sand Lake Road SunRail Station in Orange County, FL.

Date Published: March 2015

Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to complement the transit infrastructure at a new MBTA station and to enhance both the commercial center of Mattapan Square and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: February 2015

Washington Realized: A Sustainable Community Strategy

This plan provides two complementary strategies aimed at revitalization of the Washington area of West Sacramento CA: a transit-oriented development strategy and a complete communities strategy. This document provides a blueprint and funding strategy to shift development patterns towards compact, transit-served, mixed- use growth that is inclusive of current residents.

Date Published: February 2015

L.A. Metro Takes Big Step Toward Equitable Growth

In this article, Craig Adelman from the Low Income Investment Fund explains how one study helped to grow the momentum toward these actions. L.A. Metro is proposing to work in partnership with local communities to protect and create affordable housing near transit in the name of ridership and the environment. How did L.A. make this happen?

Date Published: January 2015

Sustainable Communities Learning Network Video Series: GROWashington-Aroostook (Maine)

This video series includes interviews with representatives from a handful of the HUD SCI grantee projects who are also NADO members to find out more about the impact these grants have had on their regions

Date Published: January 2015

Innovative MPO Transportation Planning Guidebook

This great resource was developed by the folks at Transportation for America. It is designed to help MPOs — their staff, policy-setting bodies, technical and advisory committees and other interested stakeholders — find innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities.

Date Published: December 2014

Cargo-Oriented Development Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an economic analysis of Erie County, PA and identifies opportunities for cargo-oriented development. It also defines cargo-oriented development as the placement and growth of logistics and industrial businesses in locations with excellent access to multiple modes of freight transportation, concentrations of complementary enterprises, and a ready industrial workforce.

Date Published: November 2014

Project and Transportation Maps for the Aloha-Reedville Transit Corridor, Washington County, OR

This webpage provides the documents and maps for the Aloha-Reedville corridor plan in Washington County, OR. Links are provided to the Project Area Map, the Planned and Completed Transportation Projects list, the Park and Recreation Trails Map, and multiple engineering and existing conditions reports.

Date Published: November 2014

Cultivating a Competitive Advantage in Rural Counties

This report highlights how rural counties are pursuing asset-based economic development initiatives that create jobs and build wealth while preserving rural landscapes, culture, and heritage.

Date Published: November 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

SF Bay Area and DC Regional Case Studies on Transportation Reform

This report summarizes key lessons learned from these two regions where advocates, philanthropy, the public sector and private entrepreneurs have created powerful coalitions to make transportation investments work better for people, places and the environment.

Date Published: September 2014

Financing Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities in the Sacramento Region

This report provides recommendations for a framework, operational structure, and financial tools to support an equitable TOD loan fund in Sacramento, CA.

Date Published: July 2014

Tools to Support Regional Investment Decisions Webinar

This webinar, held on July 19, 2014, features panelists introducing two tools to support regional investment decisions. Setting standards and measurable goals is one key for effective long-term regional plans. Measurable goals and benchmarking allows cities to align investment decisions, prioritize and rank areas for development, focus on utilizing resources effectively, and create “development ready” codes and incentives

Date Published: July 2014

Parkview Gardens Final Sustainable Development Plan: Connecting People, Places, & Parks

This regional plan provides a plan to ensure that housing, parks, public space, infrastructure improvements, amenities, and economic development complement and capitalize on existing and ongoing public transportation initiatives in University City, MO. The Plan integrates transportation, housing, public space, and cultural arts in a comprehensive, community-driven vision for the future of the Parkview Gardens.

Date Published: June 2014

DeBary SunRail Station Area Economic Development Strategic Plan

This station area economic development plan lays out the TOD Overlay District for the DeBary station stop on Central Florida's 61 mile SunRail corridor.

Date Published: May 2014

Upham's Corner Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Upham's Corner Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to enhance both the commercial center of Upham's Corner and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: April 2014

Jobs, Unjobs and Training: Workforce and Economic Development Solutions that Build Sustainable Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on April 30, 2014, focuses on jobs, which are an important part of sustainable community building efforts everywhere and a challenging area of focus for policy makers and practitioners.

Date Published: April 2014

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study for Lehigh Valley, PA (LANta)

This executive summary lays out regional objectives and analysis for expanding enhanced bus and bus rapid transit service. It was adopted by the board of directors in May 2014.

Date Published: March 2014

The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self Assessment Tool

This is tool allows communities to self-assess their Capital Absorption Framework. The framework assumes that many stakeholders – from intermediaries to community groups to public agencies to the mainstream investment community – are required to make community investment possible. These stakeholders interact with each other and with the policy and regulatory environment in places to create an ecosystem for capital absorption.

Date Published: March 2014

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development -Lessons from Atlanta, Denver, the Bay Area and Twin Cities

This guide describes financing for a newly popular form of transit-oriented development: equitable TOD. As demand for livable communities grows, land values near transit increase, which can sometimes lead to gentrification.  

Date Published: February 2014

Community Plan for the Aloha-Reedville Transit Corridor, Washington County, OR

This webpage is the landing page for the Aloha-Reedville Study and Livable Community Plan Effort in Washington County, OR.  The page provides links to the final Aloha-Reedville report as well as the project's Economic Redevelopment Plan, Housing Equity and Opportunity Strategy, Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, and Streetscape Improvement Plan.

Date Published: January 2014

Our Next Future: An Action Plan for Building a Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Pioneer Valley

This plan provides a vision for a more vibrant, competitive, sustainable and equitable Pioneer Valley region in Western MA. It is designed to achieve success through promoting collaboration of communities on a regional basis.

Date Published: January 2014

Putting Equity on the Map: Innovative Tools to Measure Access to Opportunity Webinar

This webinar, held on January 22, 2014, describes cutting edge equity mapping tools being used by regions around the country to measure social equity and access to opportunity. Across the country, access to opportunity varies greatly depending on the neighborhood or town one lives in. As our regions plan for the future, how do we ensure that decisions made today benefit everyone's quality of life?  

Date Published: January 2014

Spotlight on Large Urban Counties

This report, from NACo, profiles how large urban counties in the U.S. are driving economic recovery, fostering community resilience and pioneering new approaches to public service.

Date Published: January 2014

The Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan: A Case Study on Engaging Underrepresented Communities

This case study focuses on the Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan, which intended to design a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented corridor in the 2.5-mile radius around the Wachusett station in Fitchburg, a city of 40,000 residents located in central Massachusetts.

Date Published: December 2013

Value Capture: Silver Bullet or Fool's Gold? Webinar

This webinar, held on December 11, 2013, provides an overview of value capture tools used in the US, explores research about the “transit premium” experienced by businesses and property owners, and provides real-world examples of innovative value capture strategies currently underway in the US.

Date Published: December 2013

Building Capacity: Issue Brief Compilation from Phase I Team Implementation

This issue brief represents a compilation of specific issue area briefs provided by the Implementation team. Each issue brief accompanied a monthly webinar and allowed grantees to gain additional resources on topics such as creating regional TOD plans and strategies, infill infrastructure financing, advancing sustainability in a slow economy, and redeveloping brownfield properties. This document was created for the purpose of providing grantees with a one-stop resource for all issue briefs from Phase I Capacity Building work of Team Implementation.

Date Published: December 2013

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Study for Minneapolis, MN Cedar Ave.

This BRT Market and Development Study evaluates the impact of BRT and the potential of Transit Oriented Development in six station areas.

Date Published: November 2013

Development Opportunity Areas Analysis for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an analysis of 15 neighborhood transit oriented development opportunities. It also provides a market analysis for each area. 

Date Published: October 2013

Issue Brief: Connecting Jobs and Workforce Development to Transit

This issue brief explores transit connection to jobs, and access to opportunity.

Date Published: September 2013

Connecting Jobs and Workforce Development to Transit Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on September 18, 2013, provides an overview of the benefits of employers and workforce training providers locating near transit for and addresses the barriers that often prevent them from choosing a transit-oriented location. Speakers from Denver, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Phoenix discuss how they are working to better connect workers to jobs around their regions via transit.

Date Published: September 2013

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Action Plan for Twin Cities, MN Northstar Commuter Rail

This document is the action plan and strategic recommendations for moving forward transit oriented development in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

Date Published: June 2013

Issue Brief: Unlocking Metropolitan Planning Organization Funding Tools to Support Sustainability Plans

This issue brief pulls from a forthcoming publication by MZ Strategies, LLC for Enterprise Community Partners and Mile High Connects, through funding from the Ford Foundation, to examine the potential for current federal transportation programs to provide equitable TOD financing. It also includes research from a Summary of National Best Practices on Competitive Grant Funds prepared for the Transportation For America/Rockefeller MAP-21 Implementation grantees by Reconnecting America.

Date Published: August 2013

Unlocking Metropolitan Planning Organization Funding Tools to Support Sustainability Plans Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2013, explores provisions within federal transportation funding (including MAP-21) that regions can use to begin implementing their sustainability plans.

Date Published: August 2013

Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit: Program and Policy Models for Success Webinar

This webinar, held on August 5, 2013, provides a brief overview of the need to preserve affordable housing near transit at the national level and will focus on three unique examples from the Boston, Denver and Washington DC regions. The examples highlight the ways that policy, cross sector collaboration and financing can begin to address the need for affordable housing preservation near transit.

Date Published: August 2013

Bergamot Area Plan, Santa Monica, CA

This area plan provides a strategy to create Santa Monica, CA's most sustainable neighborhood--one that both conserves the authentic, industrial character while also removing barriers to housing and preparing for the arrival of the Exposition Light Rail in 2016.

Date Published: June 2013

Complete Streets Master Plan for Downtown New Britain, CT

This master plan provides a guide for creating a more pedestrian-friendly, attractive and livable environment throughout a downtown area in preparation for the 2015 scheduled opening of a new bus rapid transit project.

Date Published: May 2013

Preliminary Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment

This sector plan provides a vision for each of the four stations in Upper Marlboro, MD, including a detailed real estate market analysis and analysis of the available opportunities for infill and redevelopment within an easy walk of the four Metro stations.

Date Published: May 2013

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study for Madison, WI

This report provides information regarding a corridor-level concept plan for bus rapid transit along four primary transit corridors in the Madison area. 

Date Published: April 2013

Issue Brief: Introduction to Cargo-Oriented Development

This issue brief focuses on cargo-oriented development, an innovative transportation and land use planning concept that integrates freight, economic development, workforce development, and environmental programs in existing communities.

Date Published: April 2013

Buckner Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan provides information about specific initiatives to create a better future for the Buckner area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Hatcher Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan provides details about specific initiatives to create a better future for the Hatcher station area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Lancaster Corridor Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan details specific initiatives to create a better future for the Lancaster Corridor in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Vickery Meadow Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan details specific initiatives to create a better future for the Vickery Meadow area, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access. The document is organized into the following main sections:1) Setting and Existing Conditions; 2) Planning Process; 3) Vision and Guiding Principles; 4) Development Plan; 5) Catalyst Project Implementation; 6) Adaptive Reuse Implementation; and 7) Area-Wide Implementation Strategies and Actions.

Date Published: April 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

The station area plan provides details about specific initiatives to create a better future for the MLK Station area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Issue Brief: Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit

This issue brief provides an overview of best practices for creating and preserving affordable housing near transit. Regions across the United States are expanding public transportation systems to allow more residential choices, improve access to employment centers, reduce traffic congestion and lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These transit investments will increase property values in many areas, creating community development opportunities and challenges.

Date Published: November 2012

Developing Corridor Plans for Implementation Webinar

This webinar, held September 19, 2012, explains the advantages of planning for land use changes and TOD at the corridor scale. Drawing from best practices and national research, the webinar guides participants through a set of strategies that can be used to implement land use and TOD plans at the corridor scale.

Date Published: September 2012

Connecticut Department of Transportation's Perspective on TOD Presentation

This presentation is an overview of how the CT Department of Transportation is maximizing the economic benefits of their transit investment by supporting TOD. Presented by Tom Maziarz, Bureau Chief of Policy and Planning, Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Date Published: July 2012

Existing Conditions Report for the Aloha-Reedville Transit Corridor, Washington County, OR

This Existing Conditions report provides summaries and extensive reports on a range of attributes within the Aloha-Reedville Study and Livability Community Plan area in Washington County, OR.  The report was created based on input from the community and the local Citizens Advisory Committee. 

Date Published: June 2012

Issue Brief: TOD & Infrastructure Finance

This issue brief provides an overview of the types of infrastructure needs typically associated with TOD and infill development, the challenges involved in paying for this infrastructure, key infrastructure finance terms and tools, and the process of formulating a successful infrastructure funding and financing strategy.

Date Published: June 2012

Developing Land Acquisition and TOD Funds Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, engages organizations considering launching fund efforts, to better understand how a structured fund model works, where and when one might be utilized successfully, and the opportunities and challenges specific to utilizing Sustainable Communities or other federal resources in such a model. Speakers from two communities, one city, one region, highlight their current activities.

Date Published: May 2012

Issue Brief: Creating Regional TOD Plans & Strategies

This issue brief discusses the benefits of regional TOD planning, provides five approaches to creating such plans & strategies, and highlights case studies from the Baltimore and Twin Cities regions. The brief ends with a list of links to resources that can be helpful in planning for TOD at a regional scale.

Date Published: May 2012

Meriden, CT TOD Master Plan

This transit-oriented development master plan provides the design for a proposed Meriden Intermodal Center which will accommodate the expanded functions of full rail service in Meriden, CT.

Date Published: April 2012

Regional Planning for Transit and TOD Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on March 21, 2012, describes the challenges the Gulf Regional Planning Commission is facing and how they are using transit and TOD planning to lower housing and transportation costs for residents of the region, and explore how the Twin Cities is leveraging their existing and planned transit network to implement a vision of sustainable, vibrant and healthy communities. This webinar also highlights some of the overarching principles of regional planning for transit and TOD.

Date Published: March 2012

The Case for Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development in the Denver Region

This report, which was commissioned by the Enterprise Community Partners of Denver, concludes that there is a growing demand for housing near transit, and a closing window of opportunity to develop it in a sustainable way with mixed-income housing.

Date Published: February 2012

Creating Successful TOD Districts in Los Angeles: A Citywide Toolkit for Achieving Regional Goals

This toolkit assesses which stations are – or are not – supporting transit-oriented characteristics, and identifies strategies and investments that could help station areas achieve higher transit ridership, lower VMT, provide housing for a mix of incomes and guard against displacement, and to create healthy, prosperous neighborhoods where people of all incomes have a multitude of travel options.

Date Published: February 2012

Strategic Package of Tools to Promote Transit Oriented Development in Metropolitan Phoenix

This package is a summary of 23 tools that could be offered to the development community to create and enhance vibrant, healthy communities that support light-rail rail. Focused on metropolitan Phoenix, with nationwide application.

Date Published: February 2012

Zoning

Unified Development Code for Dona Ana County, NM

This document is the Unified Development Code (UDC) of Doña Ana County, NM. The UDC consolidates all development-related regulations including zoning requirements, subdivision requirements, design and development standards, and review procedures into one document. The code was adopted by the county in December 2016 after over 65 planning meetings and took effect in February 2017.

Date Published: December 2016

Consolidated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance for Indianapolis, IN

This ordinance provides consolidated zoning and subdivision requirements for Marion County, Indiana. It also provides subdivision regulations, district regulations, and development standards.

Date Published: April 2016

Downtown Allentown, PA Development and Urban Design Plan

This document outlines a plan for downtown development in Allentown, PA. It also provides recommendations in the areas of land use, urban design, and transportation and infrastructure. 

Date Published: December 2015

SCI Snapshots: Zoning

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in zoning from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Walkable Urban Code for Phoenix, AZ

This Walkable Urban Code describes the implementation of the vision and policies of Phoenix's TOD station area plans. The plan directs land-use development, subdivision standards, lot requirements, set backs and building codes. The plan also utilizes Transect principles.

Date Published: July 2015

Agriculture and Healthy Communities Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This report highlights existing community health conditions, with a focus on availability of local healthy food, with a discussion of trends and vision for the future. The report highlights changing demographics and the growing aging population as well as the importance of value-added agriculture and local food processing to keep more wealth in community.

Date Published: June 2015

Broadband-Communications Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This report highlights the missed opportunities that limited broadband and wireless communications presents in this rural region. The study inventories and maps existing broadband availability noting that broadband and cell phone coverage is increasingly central to economic development, entrepreneurship and job creation in the region.

Date Published: June 2015

Brownfields Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This plan lays out the Adirondack Gateway Council region's brownfield remediation strategies.

Date Published: June 2015

Regional Vision Plan for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides a regional plan for Erie County, PA. It also provides economic development strategies for the surrounding region in OH and PA. 

Date Published: March 2015

Visual Preference Survey for Northwest Michigan

This Visual Preference Survey report summarizes the data collected on the natural and built environment visual preferences of Northwest Michigan community members.

Date Published: January 2015

Jump Start Action Plans and Zoning Ordinances for Central Arkansas

This website provides information and links to all of the approved Jump Start Action Plans and updated zoning ordinances made within Imagine Central Arkansas 'Jump Start' areas.

Date Published: December 2014

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, CT

This report provides an analysis of fair housing and access to opportunity in the greater Hartford, CT/Western MA region. The fair housing and equity assessment analyzes how well regional plans link fair housing considerations with issues of transportation, employment, education, land use planning, and environmental justice and makes recommendations about locations for affordable housing in areas that offer access to opportunity regardless of race, family status, disability, source of income or other personal characteristics protected under federal and state civil rights statutes.

Date Published: October 2014

Providence, RI Zoning Ordinance

This copy of the zoning ordinance provides the complete planning code for Providence, RI.

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

Preferred Growth Scenario Primer, Centralina NC and SC

This report summarizes four alternative future year growth scenarios contemplated for the region, and enumerates the trade-offs between them for preparing a preferred regional growth framework (comprised of a preferred growth scenario map, supporting recommendations, and a toolkit of best practices). The report highlights the results from model indicators developed using CommunityViz scenario planning software, and captures the thoughts and opinions from participants in a third round of community engagement activities aimed at vetting the four alternatives.

Date Published: August 2014

Parkview Gardens Final Sustainable Development Plan: Connecting People, Places, & Parks

This regional plan provides a plan to ensure that housing, parks, public space, infrastructure improvements, amenities, and economic development complement and capitalize on existing and ongoing public transportation initiatives in University City, MO. The Plan integrates transportation, housing, public space, and cultural arts in a comprehensive, community-driven vision for the future of the Parkview Gardens.

Date Published: June 2014

White Paper: The State of Zoning in Central Ohio

This white paper provides information about the different innovative zoning practices used by communities in central Ohio to further their local plans. The white paper provides information on key findings and next steps for zoning in codes and processes. 

Date Published: April 2014

Sustainable Code Framework for Kansas City, MO

The Sustainable Code Framework is a resource to help local governments identify code strategies that match the vision they have for their community. The Sustainable Code Framework allows communities to explore different code options based on their development objectives. The framework also contains a database of existing projects that demonstrate many of the sustainable principles communities desire. These projects are for the most part local so communities can actually see the projects and how they integrate into local communities.

Date Published: March 2014

Form-Based Code for Cincinnati, OH

This form-based code provides information on an effective regulatory tool, which motivated the City of Cincinnati to take a more progressive community place-type approach within Plan Cincinnati, particularly in place of conventional zoning.

Date Published: February 2014

Charlotte, VA Code and Ordinance Toolkit

This toolkit about performance measurement provides a tool to evaluate existing conditions, monitor trends, and track progress towards achieving regional sustainability goals.

Date Published: November 2013

City of Flint, MI Master Plan for Sustainable Development

This regional plan provides a blueprint for a more prosperous, sustainable, and resilient future for Flint, MI. It is the first comprehensive plan revision in the region in over fifty years.

Date Published: October 2013

Bridge Boulevard Corridor Redevelopment Plan

This comprehensive corridor redevelopment includes zoning regulations, redevelopment issues, roadway concepts, and financing strategies to transform a busy river crossing into a pedestrian- and-transit friendly, mixed use corridor that honors the unique history and character of the Bernalillo County region.

Date Published: August 2013

Midtown Hattiesburg Master Plan

This downtown master plan provides information about how to create a walkable, workable, livable mixed-use community that connects people to living, shopping, dining, entertainment, educational, medical, cultural and recreational venues in Hattiesburg, MS.

Date Published: July 2013

Preliminary Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment

This sector plan provides a vision for each of the four stations in Upper Marlboro, MD, including a detailed real estate market analysis and analysis of the available opportunities for infill and redevelopment within an easy walk of the four Metro stations.

Date Published: May 2013

Midtown Hattiesburg Form-Based Code

This form-based code provides the information for Hattiesburg, MS to amend their Land Development Code. It also provides the means to guide implementation of the citizen-endorsed vision for property within Midtown which fosters predictable results and a high-quality public realm by prescribing the physical form of buildings and other elements and addressing the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another and the scale and types of streets and blocks.

Date Published: April 2013

Code Assessment for High Point, NC

This report provides an assessment of the City of High Point's development ordinance to identify barriers to mixed-use, compact development and redevelopment.

Date Published: October 2012

Bridge Boulevard Zoning Report

This zoning report provides a summary of existing land uses and zoning along the Bridge Boulevard in Bernalillo County, NM.

Date Published: May 2012

Chapter 19a SmartCode - Ranson, WV

This community zoning code document provides a model of smart code that fosters community development and revitalization in Ranson, WV.

Date Published: April 2012

Creating Successful TOD Districts in Los Angeles: A Citywide Toolkit for Achieving Regional Goals

This toolkit assesses which stations are – or are not – supporting transit-oriented characteristics, and identifies strategies and investments that could help station areas achieve higher transit ridership, lower VMT, provide housing for a mix of incomes and guard against displacement, and to create healthy, prosperous neighborhoods where people of all incomes have a multitude of travel options.

Date Published: February 2012

Equitable Development

SCI Snapshots: Equitable Development and Equity Strategies

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in equitable development and equity strategies from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Granite State Future: Statewide Snapshot

This report provides a compilation of the nine regional plans, numerous statewide technical studies, and the robust outreach efforts conducted at the state and regional level to presents the citizens of New Hampshire with the relative priorities of different subjects across the state. 

Date Published: June 2015

Building an Inclusive Regional Food Economy: Lessons from Central Minnesota's Choose Health Program Webinar

This webinar, held on November 13, 2014, is hosted by the NADO Research Foundation. It addresses the intersection between local food, public health, and regional resilience, by exploring Central Minnesota’s Choose Health program. The Choose Health program is one of several regional initiatives that is growing the region’s local food economy and increasing access to healthy food options for disadvantaged populations.

Date Published: November 2014

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, CT

This report provides an analysis of fair housing and access to opportunity in the greater Hartford, CT/Western MA region. The fair housing and equity assessment analyzes how well regional plans link fair housing considerations with issues of transportation, employment, education, land use planning, and environmental justice and makes recommendations about locations for affordable housing in areas that offer access to opportunity regardless of race, family status, disability, source of income or other personal characteristics protected under federal and state civil rights statutes.

Date Published: October 2014

Financing Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities in the Sacramento Region

This report provides recommendations for a framework, operational structure, and financial tools to support an equitable TOD loan fund in Sacramento, CA.

Date Published: July 2014

Equitable Development Toolkit

This toolkit-known as the EDTK-features a suite of 27 tools and links to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization.

Date Published: June 2014

Farmland Protection

Agriculture and Healthy Communities Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This report highlights existing community health conditions, with a focus on availability of local healthy food, with a discussion of trends and vision for the future. The report highlights changing demographics and the growing aging population as well as the importance of value-added agriculture and local food processing to keep more wealth in community.

Date Published: June 2015

Delta Roots - The Mid-South Regional Food Systems Plan for East Arkansas

This food system plan assesses the potential for expanding value-added agriculture and the local food economy in the greater E. Arkansas/Memphis region. This report was a joint product of two HUD regional grantees: Shelby County, TN and E. Arkansas Economic and Development District.

Date Published: May 2015

Agriculture Assessment for Local and Regional Markets for Teton View, ID

This assessment evaluates the potential for developing local and regional agricultural production, processing, and marketing in the four county, Teton, Fremont, Madison (ID), and Teton (WY) counties. The report included analysis of existing conditions through interview, focus groups, surveys and examination of data as well as recommendations for expanding potential.

Date Published: March 2015

Local Food Access Study for Washtenaw County, MI

This report provides an analysis of local food systems. It also provides conclusions and recommendations regarding distribution, community commercial kitchens, and food storage.

Date Published: March 2015

Fresh Food Studies for Lehigh Valley, PA

These documents provide information on how Lehigh Valley is growing its local food economy and includes a Food Economy Assessment and policy recommendations.

Date Published: December 2014

Capitol Region Plan for Conservation and Development

This plan is a general guide for the future conservation and development of the greater Hartford, CT area. Its individual chapters provide an overview of the many factors that influence the regional development pattern, and the choices available as they move into the future.

Date Published: October 2014

Food Systems Assessment for Centralina, NC and SC

This guide provides information about a process for community engagement for use by municipal and county officials seeking to increase wealth and strengthen community development by building and supporting local and regional food systems. This guide lays out a process for building capacity to take successful action and suggests some areas where actions might be taken first.

Date Published: August 2014

Local Food Implementation Plan for Southwestern, WI - Delicious Driftless Fare Festival

This document summarizes the work required in the months preceding the Delicious Driftless Fare (DDF) event, and which were viewed as necessary for successful replication of the event in future years. The DDF was a one-day event that showcased the region's produce and specialty crop producers and local artistic talent and was part of an overall effort by Grow Southwest to identify and capitalize on local resources, to better produce local energy and food, minimize commutes, and maximize local employment in Grant, Green, Lafayette, Iowa, and Richland counties.

Date Published: March 2014

Framework for Food and Farming in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional food and farming framework is a draft plan to ensure continued viability of the region’s food and farming economy. The plan includes information on agricultural land and production, the farm economy and regional food system, the agricultural workforce, food access and health, and strategies to address local food and farming related issues.

Date Published: January 2014

Sacramento Valley Food HUB Feasibility Study and Cost Estimate

This report provides an initial cost estimate and feasbility analysis for creating a food hub in the Sacramento Valley.

Date Published: October 2013

Local Food District Video for Central Ohio

This video provides information about the triple benefits of the Food District at Weinland Park in Columbus, OH. The video showcases the food district's processing plant that will generate jobs and revenue, the food bank contributions, and the immense community benefits. 

Date Published: August 2013

Smaller Places Summit: OpportunityLink Video

This video from the Smaller Places Summit, held on March 5, 2012 - March 7, 2012, features Barbara Stiffarm of OpportunityLink describing their successful rural bus service.

Date Published: March 2012

Urban Farmscapes Report for Central Ohio

This report provides information on different innovative structures and operational plans for local food industries. The report showcases different models for local food production that focus on health, job creation, education, and increased standard of living. 

Date Published: October 2011

Food Hub Feasibility Study for Southern Wisconsin

This feasibility study provides information on the market viability for an aggregation, storage, and distribution facility that connects growers in southern Wisconsin to buyers in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. It also provides survey data and recommended next steps. 

Date Published: September 2011

Local Food Enterprise Report for South Madison, WI

This market feasibility study provides an analysis of food access and potential commercial grocery opportunities in the Southdale and Indian Springs neighborhoods of Madison, WI. It also provides survey data of residents and recommendations for securing a food enterprise in the area. 

Date Published: August 2011

Local Food Business Plan for Central Ohio

This food assessment and plan provides information on all components of a regional food system in 12 central Ohio counties, to make policy recommendations to local governments on food decisions. This assessment is a tool that enables working groups of local practitioners to collect and analyze food and agricultural data to identify resources and connect dots to strengthen the region's economy, coordinate local food efforts, and encourage pro-agriculture policy. 

Date Published: April 2010

Green Infrastructure

Infrastructure Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This website for the Adirondack Gateway Council lays out the region's planned infrastructure developments, including target communities in the region and their respective proposed projects, as well as reports and other related documents.

Date Published: January 2017

Green Infrastructure Plan for Southeast Michigan

This webpage is a portal to SEMCOG's green infrastructure resources, including the regional Green Infrastructure Vision, a Low Impact Development Guide, and the Great Lakes Green Streets Guidebook. In Southeast Michigan, green infrastructure includes two broad categories: 1) natural, undisturbed environment such as wetlands, trees, prairies, lakes, rivers, and streams; and 2) constructed or built green infrastructure such as rain gardens, bioswales, community gardens, and agricultural lands.

Date Published: December 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

DeBary SunRail Station Area Economic Development Strategic Plan

This station area economic development plan lays out the TOD Overlay District for the DeBary station stop on Central Florida's 61 mile SunRail corridor.

Date Published: May 2014

Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration in Dane County, WI Streams Report

This scientific report considers the effect of groundwater withdrawal on the flow of streams and rivers. The framework provides a consistent method for evaluating potential flow alterations to balance extractive water uses with ecological requirements.

Date Published: February 2014

Framework for Natural Resources in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional draft framework summarizes issues facing Northwest Michigan’s land and water resources, while highlighting best practices and tools available to protect and preserve the prosperity, economic benefits, and high quality of life provided by the region’s land and water resources. The document provides information on the quality of land and water natural resources, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species

Date Published: January 2014

Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan for the Village of Oak Park, IL

The plan focuses on water supply issues with the goal of increasing water efficiency and promoting water conservation within village operations and among Oak Park residents and businesses. This plan also provides information on Oak Park's average day usage of water and percent use of their allocation from Lake Michigan. 

Date Published: April 2013

Water, Natural Resources, and Development Patterns Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website provides information on sustainable land use and the goals, recommendations, and action steps from the Natural Resources and Development Patterns chapter of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. The website also provides links to related programs and full-length documents.

Date Published: January 2012