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Design and Vision

Community wll embrace change as 2020 approaches

2008
Authors: Don Brennan
Organizations/Sources: Millersville University
description of the Millersville Borough Vision 20/20 process.
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County Comprehensive Plan (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) - What’s Your Favorite Place?

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Allegheny Places, Allegheny County’s first comprehensive plan, establishes an overall vision for their future and a roadmap to get there. The comprehensive plan sets policies for development, redevelopment, conservation and economic initiatives. The plan provides a framework for the strategic use of public resources to improve the quality of life for all residents.
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Envisioning Better Communities

2010
Authors: Randall Arendt
According to the APA, Randall’s latest book “creates a sense of hope for those who face the everyday challenges of working with developers, space users, ordinances, and landowners to create places that make economic, environmental, and aesthetic sense. Arendt shows us that with diligence, thoughtfulness, and care, we can make our communities better in countless ways.”
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Green Infrastructure: Smart Conservation for the 21st Century

2002
Organizations/Sources: The Conservation Fund
This publication introduces green infrastructure as a strategic approach to land conservation that is critical to the success of smart growth initiatives and describes the concept and values of green infrastructure and presents seven principles and associated strategies for successful green infrastructure initiatives.
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Growing Greener: Putting Conservation Into Local Plans And Ordinances

1999
Authors: Randall Arendt
Growing Greener is an illustrated workbook that presents a new look at designing subdivisions while preserving green space and creating open space networks. Randall Arendt explains how to design residential developments that maximize land conservation without reducing overall building density, thus avoiding the political and legal problems often associated with "down-zoning.
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Integrating Build-Out Analysis and Water Quality Modeling to Predict the Environmental Impacts of Alternative Development Scenarios

1998
Organizations/Sources: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
This report provides background information on the use of build-out analysis and water quality/environmental modeling as land planning and water quality predictive management tools. It also contains summaries of 14 build-out analyses that have been conducted.
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Introduction to Growing Greener: Conservation by Design

2009
Organizations/Sources: Natural Lands Trust
This booklet summarizes how municipalities can use the development process to their advantage to protect interconnected networks of open space: natural areas, greenways, trails and recreational lands. Communities can take control of their destinies so that their conservation goals are achieved in a manner fair to all parties concerned. All that is needed are some relatively straightforward amendments to municipal comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances and subdivision ordinances.
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Making Your Downtown Improvements Last: Design, Installation, and Maintenance Guide

2009
Organizations/Sources: Montgomery County Planning Commission
This publication for the Montgomery County Community Revitalization Program provides an overview of downtown improvements including hard surfaces (i.e. streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.), vegetation, and street furnishings.
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Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide

2008
Authors: Tracy Zinn
Organizations/Sources: T&B Planning, Inc.
The Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide: A Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship was created to help communities protect these treasured characteristics while reaping and strengthening the benefits of economic growth. It outlines several principals that can be used by developers, design professionals and others. Its voluntary guidelines are meant to be a resource for people, businesses or organizations embarking on new construction, renovations, signage projects and the like.
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ReVisionPA

Organizations/Sources: Central Pennsylvania Conservancy
The concept behind ReVisionPA is simple: The more that people experience the role natural resource assets play in their community, the more in-tune they will be with opportunities to protect and enhance them. Since the best education begins with experience, ReVisionPA focuses on three approaches to help citizens and leaders become more experienced and informed decision-makers — visioning services, workshops, and programs. ReVision's web page includes a resource library that provides details about the practices and projects currently being undertaken by ReVisionPA.
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Traditional Neighborhood Development

2017
Authors: Nate Lotze
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Traditional Neighborhood Development creates compact, mixed-use, non-automobile- dependent neighborhoods and communities. It serves the needs of people and accommodates growth with minimal waste of land. (Print version of ConservationTools.org Guide)
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