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Preserving and Enhancing Communities : A Guide for Citizens, Planners, and Policymakers - Elisabeth M. Hamin

Preserving and Enhancing Communities

A Guide for Citizens, Planners, and Policymakers

By: Elisabeth M. Hamin (Editor), Priscilla Geigis (Editor), Linda Silka (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2007
ISBN: 9781558495647
Number Of Pages: 336

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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 community preservation
and enhancement.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Preserving and Enhancing Communitiesp. 1
Gathering Perspectives and Getting Involved
Getting Involved: Local Residents and the Planning Processp. 9
Building Consensus: Coalitions for Policy Changep. 17
Diversity: Multiple Cultures Forming One Communityp. 27
Thinking Like a Developer: Partners, Adversaries, or Competitors?p. 39
Developing a Vision
Comprehensive Planning: Bringing It All Togetherp. 55
Creative Zoning: Putting the Teeth in Your Planningp. 69
Current and Future Land Use: GIS Appliedp. 91
Preserving Natural Resources
Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Protectionp. 101
Watershed Planning: Securing Our Water Futurep. 121
Natural Land: Preserving and Funding Open Spacep. 133
Enhancing Community Strengths
Transportation: Linking Land Use and Mobilityp. 153
Housing and Community Preservation: A Home for Allp. 167
The New Economy: Thriving amidst Changep. 183
Keeping the Best
Brownfields Redevelopment: Reconnecting Economy, Ecology, and Equityp. 195
Adaptive Reuse of Buildings: If It Is Already Built, Will They Come?p. 207
Historic Landscape Preservation: Saving Community Characterp. 221
Community Preservation: Residents, Municipalities, and the State Collaborating for Smarter Growthp. 231
Indicators of Community Preservationp. 241
Contributorsp. 247
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9781558495647
ISBN-10: 1558495649
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st September 2007
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 21.59  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73