Planning Links

These links have been provided as a service of the City & Regional Planning Department for its guests and students. Use these links to learn more about the Planning profession and many of its affiliated topics. The Department is not responsible for the content of these sites.

American Planning Association

The American Planning Association (APA) is a non-profit public interest and research organization representing 30,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues. APA's objective is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and society more effectively. The APA/AICP web site includes information about APA/AICP programs and services, membership information, and planning related research and articles. This site includes a listing of books and training materials offered for sale through the Planners Book Service. This site also contains information about the APA National Planning Conference as well as a comprehensive calendar of planning conferences and workshops sponsored by many different groups. Every month a feature article from Planning magazine is posted on the web site.

Go to the American Planning Association web site.

California Chapter, American Planning Association

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association web site includes information on the California APA Annual Conference, job listings, professional development resources, and student resources.

Go to the California Chapter, American Planning Association web site

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. Acting together, the ACSP member school faculty are able to express their shared commitments to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development, enhancing planning practices, and improving the education of both novice and experienced planners. The ACSP web site includes the Guide to Graduate and Undergraduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning.

Go to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning web site.

Planetizen: Your Digital Source for Planning

PLANetizen is a public-interest resource for the urban planning community. Our goal is to provide a daily, one-stop source for urban planning headline news, job opportunities, commentary and events. We started off with news and jobs and recently added a twice-monthly column by planning professionals, a calendar of events, and a handheld edition. Over the next several months, we are expanding our coverage to include other major urban areas.

Go to the Planetizen web site.

Cyburbia: Internet Resources for the Built Environment

Cyburbia, established in 1994, contains a large selective directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism, growth and sprawl, and other topics related to the built environment. Cyburbia also contains information about architecture and planning related mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups, and hosts a bulletin board with job listings and discussions on many topics.

Go to the Cyburbia web site.

Planners Network

The Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic system.

Go to the Planners Network web site.

CERES: The California Environmental Resources Evaluation System

CERES is an information system developed by the California Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's rich and diverse environments. The goal of CERES is to improve environmental analysis and planning by integrating natural and cultural resource information from multiple contributors and by making it available and useful to a wide variety of users.

UC Berkeley Internet Resources for City Planning Research

The UC Berkeley web site is a gathering place for selected Internet sites for city and regional planning. The focus is on sites likely to be of interest to the city and regional planning students and faculty at UC Berkeley. While the emphasis is on academic city planning, practicing planners will also find sites of interest.

Go to the UC Berkeley Internet Resources for City Planning Research web site.

California Planning Roundtable

The California Planning Roundtable (CPR) is an organization of experienced planning professionals who are members of the American Planning Association (APA). Membership is balanced between the public and private sectors, and between Northern and Southern California. The mission of the Roundtable is to promote creativity and excellence in planning by providing leadership in addressing important planning issues in California.

Go to the California Planning Roundtable web site.

About Planning

About Planning is an Internet clearing house for information about web sites, publications, essays and news related to land use planning, growth management, comprehensive planning, smart growth, new urbanism and much more.

New Urbanism

New Urbanism is the most important planning movement this century, and is about creating a better future for us all. It is an international movement to reform the design of the built environment, and is about raising our quality of life and standard of living by creating better places to live. New Urbanism is the revival of our lost art of place-making, and is essentially a re-ordering of the built environment into the form of complete cities, towns, villages, and neighborhoods - the way communities have been built for centuries around the world. New Urbanism involves fixing and infilling cities, as well as the creation of compact new towns and villages.

Go to the New Urbanism web site.

Planners Web

Web site of the Planning Commissioners Journal. Now in its 13th year, the Planning Commissioners Journal is the nation's principal publication designed for citizen planners, including (but certainly not limited to) members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. Over 7,500 citizen planners in all 50 states receive the PCJ.

Go to the Planners Web web site.

Smart Communities Network

U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Communities Network. Sustainable development is a strategy by which communities seek economic development approaches that also benefit the local environment and quality of life. It has become an important guide to many communities that have discovered that traditional approaches to planning and development are creating, rather than solving, societal and environmental problems. Where traditional approaches can lead to congestion, sprawl, pollution and resource over consumption, sustainable development offers real, lasting solutions that will strengthen our future.

Go to the Smart Communities Network web site.

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