Community Planning and Design

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Contact: Nicholas Julian
(202) 266-8309
njulian@nahb.org

Land Use Community Planning and Design

In order to meet the needs of a growing population, federal, state and local policies that accommodate an orderly and sustainable rate of housing production are a necessity. How well we plan for projected increases in households, changing demographics and lifestyles, and an expanding economy will have a major impact on the quality of life in years ahead.

Understanding where and how people want to live and the types of homes they want is the first step in mapping the patterns of growth for America in the decade ahead. Finding common ground and building a political consensus must follow. This discussion should start in each local jurisdiction — city, county or township — because the politics of growth are uniquely local and because the authority to determine land use is vested in local government. While general planning principles are useful, the actual planning tools and strategies selected will vary according to local market conditions.

The following resources can be used to help plan various components of the community development to ensure all aspects of the process are taken into account and utilize best practices.

Development Resources

  • Document

    Residential Streets Overview

    Residential streets are the defining features of neighborhoods and form a significant portion of the local environment and living experience for residents. Here's what developers need to consider in designing streets.

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  • Document

    American Mixed-Use Development After the Great Recession

    Why developers today must consider emerging trends in community development and design, the regulatory and financial fields, consumer preferences and market trends, and innovative strategies to finance and build the successful projects of tomorrow.

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  • Document

    Transfer of Development Rights

    Transfer of Development Rights programs can be very complex and very difficult to administer. Understand what they entail to better administer them effectively.

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Design Details

Other Resources

  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Form-based Codes

    Form-based zoning regulates not the type of land use, but the form that land use may take. This presentation helps outline what that entails.

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  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Residential Streets

    Everyone benefits from streets that are functionally adequate, durable, and cost-effective as well as well-designed. This presentation outlines the principles of and design considerations for residential streets.

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  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Low-Impact Development

    Low-income development principles and practices can manage water in a way that reduces the impact of built areas and promotes the natural movement of water within an ecosystem or watershed. This presentation outlines these principles and practices.

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Looking for more design resources for communities and homes? Visit NAHB’s Design resource page.

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