Planning Connections
Human, Natural and Man Made

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Purpose of This Book
    • About the Author
    • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1
    • Planning Principles
    • Saving Planet Earth
    • Green Land Use Planning
    • Planning Connections
      • Environmental Challenges
      • Population and Technology
      • Species Diversity
      • Farmland and Vegetative Cover
      • Surface and Groundwater
      • Twenty-three Principles to Follow
    • What Can We Do?
    • Thirteen Tools for Implementing Planning Principles
  • Chapter 2
    • The Comprehensive Plan
      • Authority and Jurisdiction
      • Planning and Zoning Connections
      • Creating a Common Vision
      • The Planning Process
      • Nine Steps in the Development of a Comprehensive Plan
      • Focus and Content
        • Priorities
        • What is Comprehensive
      • Concepts for Structuring a Plan
        • Residential Component
      • Ten Neighborhood Design Principles
      • Transportation
        • Four Principles of Roadway Planning for Sustainable Development
        • Functional Classification
        • The Impact of Street Width and Low-Impact Design
      • Urban Redevelopment and Revitalization
      • Updating the Comprehensive Plan
        • What Does It Cost to Prepare a Comprehensive Plan?
      • The Ten Principles of an Effective Implementation Program
    • Case Study: Homer Glen, Illinois –
      Comprehensive Plan
    • Case Study: Peoria County, Illinois –
      Land Resource Management Plan
    • Case Study: Pullman, Illinois –
      Linking Historic Preservation and Neighborhood Revitalization
    • Case Study: Elk Grove Village, Illinois –
      Industrial and Commercial Revitalization Plan
    • Case Study: Rio Communities, New Mexico –
      Evolving Sustainable Communities from a Land Sales
    • Subdivision
  • Chapter 3
    • Town Center Planning and Design
      • What is the Value of Downtown?
      • Eleven Problems That Afflict Older Downtowns and their Causes
      • Five Benefits of Downtown Revitalization
      • Six Steps in Preparing a Plan for Downtown Revitalization
      • Six Important Questions to Consider When Developing a Plan
    • Case Study: Providence, Rhode Island –
      River Relocation and Capital Center Plan
    • Case Study: Oswego, Illinois –
      Town Center Redevelopment Plan
    • Case Study: Lombard, Illinois –
      Downtown Urban Design Plan
    • Case Study: Wheaton, Illinois –
      Central Area Policy Plan
    • Case Study: Mount Prospect, Illinois –
      Downtown Façade Improvement Plan
    • Case Study: Itasca, Illinois –
      Historic Downtown Urban Design Plan
    • Case Study: Kuwait City, Kuwait –
      Mirqab Redevelopment Plan
  • Chapter 4
    • Integrating Natural Resources into the Development Process
      • Why?
      • Participants and Their Roles
      • Federal and State Agencies
      • County and Regional Agencies
      • Local Government
      • Property Owner
      • Developer and Builder
      • Development Team
      • Regional Market
    • Key Phases in the Development Process
      • State and Federal Regulatory Environment
      • Regional Agencies – Regulatory Environment
      • Local Regulatory Environment
      • Site Capacity and Price
      • Program Developer/Builder
      • Sixteen Planning Factors – Planning and Design Team
      • Processing and Approval
      • Implementation
    • Recommended Principles and Techniques
  • Chapter 5
    • Site Planning
      • Introduction
      • Conditions for Success
        • The Right Skills
        • The Right Team
        • The Right Information
      • Data Requirements and Planning Applications
        • Governmental Agencies – Local
        • Regional Governmental Agencies and Private Sources
        • Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Brokers, Tourism, and Convention Bureaus
        • Site Visit, Engineering Surveys, Plats, Owner Records, and Reports
    • Case Study: The Fields of Woodstock, Illinois –
      Mixed Use Cluster Open Space Community
    • Case Study: Manchester Lakes, Algonquin, Illinois –
      Mixed Use Cluster Open Space Community
    • Case Study: Conserve School, Wisconsin –
      Site Selection and Master Plan for Boarding School
  • Chapter 6
    • Development Management Tools
      • Jurisdiction and Authority
      • Sixteen Purposes of Zoning
      • The Idea of Districts and the Separation of Uses
      • The Nuts and Bolts of Zoning
        • Permitted Uses
        • General Conditions
        • Variance
        • Zoning of Annexed Land
        • Special or Conditional Uses
      • Planned Unit Development
  • Chapter 7
    • Facilitating the Development Review Process
      • The Significance of Development Review
        • Common Objectives
      • Contrasting Perspectives
        • Municipalities’ Perspectives of Developers
        • Developers’ Perspectives of Municipalities
        • Basis for Improving the Process
        • Plans and Ordinances
        • Six Criteria for Architectural Review
        • Orderly Municipal Process
        • Enhancing Developer Success
      • Eleven Principles for Effective Presentations
      • Eight Key Issues to Face
      • Project Review Checklist
  • Chapter 8
    • Transportation Corridors
      • Engineering Versus Planning Perspective
        • Importance of Interdisciplinary Approach
      • Roadway Corridors and Land Development
      • Commercial Corridor Revitalization and Redevelopment
      • Multimodal Solutions
      • Six Principles for Multimodal Transportation Planning
    • Case Study: Glenwood Canyon, Colorado –
      I-70 Scenic Highway Design
    • Case Study: South Beltline, Grand Rapids, Michigan –
      Route Location and Environmental Documentation
    • Case Study: Glen Ellyn, Illinois – Commercial Corridor Revitalization and Beautification Plan for State Route 38
    • Case Study: Providence, Rhode Island –
      Rail Relocation/Capital Center Plan
  • References
    • Web Sources
    • Publications
  Planning Connections
By Pete Pointner

Elements of Sustainable Planning

The Comprehensive Planning Process

Planning Educator and Author

“Pete Pointner is the epitome of a reflective practitioner. He gives us a thoughtful compendium of values, principles, and procedural advice gleaned from a lifetime of diverse professional practice. He covers a broad range of planning topics from comprehensive plans, downtown urban design, environmental plans, transportation corridors and even site plans and guidance on facilitating project reviews. We’ll be wiser planners for having paid attention to Pointner’s lessons.”

Dr. Edward Kaiser, past chairman of the Department of Urban Planning, University of North Carolina


Lombard Downtown Plaza

Integrating With Natural Resources

The Fields of Woodstock

Village Administrator

“Pete has the unique ability to share his vast knowledge, extensive experience, and broad perspective in a manner that is practical, problem solving, easily understood, and always gentle.”

Laurie Schreiber, Village Administrator for over 20 years while Pete served as consulting village planner for Kildeer, Illinois

Master Planned Community Developer

“Balancing the interests of the public with those of private development is not an easy task. Pointner offers new methods for creating a win-win at the zoning table. Public and private planners, elected officials and developers should all make this important and real world advisory text a desk top mainstay in these challenging times.”

Peter A Tremulis, Founder and Managing Principal – Sunesta Resort Communities, LLC and Past Vice President, Pulte Homes

Providence Rail Relocation