Community Planning is an introductory textbook that provides a thorough examination of the comprehensive planning process as practiced in the United States today. The authors consider all aspects of the comprehensive plan: its elements, adoption, and implementation. The book:
Each chapter ends with separate boxes that consider, for that stage of development, the role of the planner and how citizens can participate in and influence the planning process. In addition, each chapter presents exercises designed to reinforce the learning in the chapter and offers questions for further discussion.
By using the framework of the comprehensive plan and walking the reader through the planning process, the authors clearly demonstrate what planners do and how citizens can become involved in shaping the future of their community. The book will be an invaluable resource for students and faculty in planning departments across the country.
the country are struggling to develop new comprehensive plans, or update
existing ones. Community Planning provides a valuable resource for not
only planning students but also for planning commission members, elected
officials, and citizens who want to understand and be a part of the
comprehensive planning process in their community. Drawing upon actual
experiences, the book brings together the best of theory with practice.
This book should be required reading for anyone involved in the development
of their community.”
About the Authors
Eric Damian Kelly is a past president of the American Planning Association and Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is the author of Managing Community Growth (Praeger, 1993) as well as numerous APA Planning Advisory Reports.
Barbara Becker is associate professor and associate director of the Drachman Institute for Land and Regional Development Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
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