Planning and Urban Design Standards
PART 1. PLANS AND PLAN MAKING.
Types of Plans.
Urban Design Plans.
Redevelopment Area Plans.
Economic Development Plans.
Community Facilities Plans.
Parks and Open Space Plans.
Critical and Sensitive Areas Plans.
Hazard Mitigation Plans.
Role of Participation.
Computer-Based Public Participation.
Consensus Building and Dispute Resolution.
The Landscape Tradition.
Engineering Livable Cities.
Regionalism, 1910 To 1940.
Public Housing and Urban Renewal.
Measuring and Modeling.
Advocacy and Equity Planning.
Urban Growth and Environmental Concerns.
Statewide Land-Use Planning Programs.
Renewed Neighborhoods, New Towns, and New Urbanism.
New Regionalism: Environment, Politics, and Planning.
Healthy Cities and Communities.
PART 2: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT.
Environmental Management Overview.
Environmental Planning Considerations.
Groundwater Movement and Recharge.
Rivers and Streams.
Floodplains and Riparian Corridors.
River and Stream Restoration.
Types Of Wetlands.
Beach and Dune Systems.
Estuaries, Flats, and Marshes.
Soils Classification and Mechanics.
Slope, Relief, and Aspect.
Habitat Patches, Corridors, and Matrix.
Erosion and sedimentation.
Hurricanes and Coastal Storms.
Sinkholes and Subsidence.
Seiches and Tsunamis.
Noise and Vibration.
PART 3: STRUCTURES.
Warehouse and Distribution Facilities.
Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.
Fire and Rescue Stations.
Hierarchy of Streets and Roads.
Street Networks and Street Connectivity.
Alleys and Driveways.
Vehicle Turning Radii.
Pedestrian Friendly Streets.
Considerations For Determining Parking Ratios.
Passenger Vehicle Dimensions For Parking Design.
Vehicle Circulation For Parking Design .
Parking Space Dimensions.
Parking Lot Design.
Transit Planning Process.
Bus Rapid Transit.
Intermodal amd Multimodal Transit Facilities.
Airport and Land-Use Interface.
Waste Management Overview.
Hazardous Waste Management.
Wastewater Collection Systems.
Natural Wastewater Treatment System.
Stormwater Overview, Runoff, and Recharge.
Stormwater Drainage and Flood Management.
Water Storage and Distribution.
Wireless Infrastructure Overview.
Co-Location Of Wireless Equipment.
Legal Issues in Sign Regulation.
Parks and Open Space.
Types of Parks.
Greenways and Trails.
Farming and Forestry.
PART 4: PLACES AND PLACEMAKING.
Theories of City Form.
Urban Pattern Theories.
Life-Cycle Model of Land-Use Change.
Early Theories: Concentric Zones, Sector Theory, and Multiple Nuclei.
Recent Theories: Dispersed City, Edge City, and Peripheral City.
Places and Districts.
Physical Structure Of Downtowns.
Specialty Retail Districts.
Sexually Oriented Businesses.
Convention Center Districts.
Mixed-Use Development .
Environmental Site Analysis.
Scale and Density.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—LEED.
PART 5: ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES.
Projections and Demand Analysis.
Economic Base and Econometric Projections.
Housing Needs Assessment.
Parks, Recrreation, and Open Space Needs Assessment.
Environmental Impact Assessment.
Fiscal Impact Assessment.
Traffic Impact Assessment.
Transit Impact Assessment.
Mapping Data Overview.
Aerial Photographs and Digital Orthophoto Quadeangles.
U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Maps.
Property Maps in Modern Cadastre.
Census Data and Demographic Mapping.
Remote Sensing and Satellite Image Classification.
Geographic Information Systems.
Visual Preference Techniques .
PART 6: IMPLEMENTATION TECHNIQUES.
Planning Law Overview.
Property Rights, Police Power, Nuisance, and Vested Rights.
Due Process and Equal Protection.
Freedom of Religion and Expression.
Eminent Domain, Takings, and Exactions.
Clean Air Act.
Clean Water Act.
National Environmental Policy Act.
Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act.
Endangered Species Act.
Safe Drinking Water Act.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Current Federal Transportation Laws.
Federal Housing and Community Development Laws.
Federal Disaster Law.
Other Federal Laws.
State Enabling Legislation.
State Environmental Policy Acts.
Planned Unit Development.
Innovations in Local Regulations.
Adequate Public Facilities and Concurrency management.
Urban Growth Areas.
Development Impact Fees.
Transfer and Purchase of Development Rights.
Smart Growth Audits.
Transportation and Land Use Connection.
Preservation, Conservation, and Reuse.
Open-Space Preservation Techniques.
Land Evaluation and Site Assessment.
Military Base Conversion.
Rails To Trails.
Revitalization and Economic Development.
Capital Improvements Programming.
Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities.
Tax Increment Financing.
Planned Manufacturing Districts.
Business Improvement Districts.
Staff Reports and Development Proposals.
Site Plan Review.
Real Estate Development.
Financing Methods and Techniques.
Financial Planning and Analysis: The Pro Forma.
Development and Approval Process.
APA Divisions and Chapters.
The Planning Accreditation Board's Accredited University Planning Programs.
Land-Based Classification Standards
Graphic Symbols and Drawing Annotations.
National Planning Award Winners.
It conducts extensive research on planning topics including a landmark study on Growing Smart, Site Planning Essentials for Central America and The City Parks Forum.
It also publishes Planning, a monthly magazine and Zoning News, a monthly newsletter on local land-use controls, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, a quarterly journal, along with other specialized journals and Planning Advisory Service (PAS) reports.