Preserving and Enhancing Communities A Guide for Citizens, Planners, and Policymakers

ISBN-10: 1558495649

ISBN-13: 9781558495647

Edition: 2007

Authors: Elisabeth M. Hamin, Priscilla Geigis, Linda Silka

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This book starts from the premise that each community chooses its future every day, through the incremental decisions made by planning and zoning boards and other citizen volunteers, as well as professional staff. The challenge is to ensure that these decisions support the preservation of what is special about the community, while still fostering necessary and appropriate growth. In this volume, twenty-nine experts from a variety of fields describe in very practical terms the "community preservation" approach to these issues. As opposed to the top-down regulatory mechanisms that are sometimes used to manage growth, the contributors favor a more flexible, locally based approach that has proven successful in Massachusetts and elsewhere. They show how residents can be empowered to become involved in local decision-making, building coalitions and expressing their views on a wide range of issues, such as zoning, water and land protection, transportation, historic preservation, economic diversity, affordable housing, and reuse of brown-fields. When done properly, development can enhance the sense of place and provide needed homes and jobs. Done improperly, it can generate sprawl and a multitude of problems. Preserving and Enhancing Communities will be particularly useful to members of planning and other regulatory boards, as well as students of community planning. The book covers not just typical ways of doing things, but also the full spectrum of innovative and emerging practices. Each chapter includes illustrations and case studies, some from Massachusetts and many from other states. The volume concludes with a set of indicators that communities can use to track their progress in communitypreservation and enhancement.
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List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 255
Size: 8.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Introduction: Preserving and Enhancing Communities
Gathering Perspectives and Getting Involved
Getting Involved: Local Residents and the Planning Process
Building Consensus: Coalitions for Policy Change
Diversity: Multiple Cultures Forming One Community
Thinking Like a Developer: Partners, Adversaries, or Competitors?
Developing a Vision
Comprehensive Planning: Bringing It All Together
Creative Zoning: Putting the Teeth in Your Planning
Current and Future Land Use: GIS Applied
Preserving Natural Resources
Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Protection
Watershed Planning: Securing Our Water Future
Natural Land: Preserving and Funding Open Space
Enhancing Community Strengths
Transportation: Linking Land Use and Mobility
Housing and Community Preservation: A Home for All
The New Economy: Thriving amidst Change
Keeping the Best
Brownfields Redevelopment: Reconnecting Economy, Ecology, and Equity
Adaptive Reuse of Buildings: If It Is Already Built, Will They Come?
Historic Landscape Preservation: Saving Community Character
Community Preservation: Residents, Municipalities, and the State Collaborating for Smarter Growth
Indicators of Community Preservation
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