Local officials are responsible for overseeing the planning and
development of their communities. The Institute offers resources
to help elected officials, planning commissioners, staff members,
and the public understand the basic elements of local planning in
Tip sheets, glossaries and guides are available in this section.
Additional information is available from ILG’s Land Use and Environment program.
Land use planning decisions involve technical
terminology that many are unfamiliar with. To help local
officials and others to understand the technical language used in
land use planning, the Institute has developed a series of
plain-language descriptions of common land use decisions.
Public engagement processes are often forums for very deeply held concerns. In some cases, public engagement participants will have very strongly held views about the topics to be discussed; the local (or regional) agency and officials involved; and/or the public engagement process itself.
This resource provides an overview of the planning
framework; describes emerging issues in local planning; outlines
some of the important legal issues that local officials should
consider when they make land use and planning decisions; and
includes references to a wide variety of resources that readers
can access to learn more about particular topics.
Learn about land use from Institute volunteer and former agency
counsel, Michael Martello. These videos capture a range of
topics, including non-conforming land use, general plans,
permits, variances and land use findings.
This handy, four-page pamphlet summarizes the “nuts and
bolts” of the process of reviewing a typical application for
development. The cardstock format is portable enough to keep with
public agency agenda packets and the like.