Planning and Growth Related Websites

American Farmland Trust ( offers information on conservation easements, private and public options for preserving open lands and ways that local governments can help.


Community Toolbox, prepared by the University of Wyoming (, provides communities with knowledge and resources to support the development of strategic plans for managing sustainable growth and development.


Jefferson Land Trust ( in Port Townsend, Washington includes explanations of numerous options for preserving open lands.


Land Trust Alliance ( includes information on protecting open spaces and links to other related organizations.


Western Governors’ Association ( includes the Western Governors’ Resolution on protecting open spaces, and activities of the Great Plains Partnership.


National Association of Homebuilders Builder Magazine ( publishes articles on the national real estate market, construction, and design, including green building.


The American Planning Association Home Page ( offers summaries of its Growing Smart initiative.


Smart Growth Network ( works to encourage development that boosts the economy while protecting the environment and serving the community.


Urban Land Institute ( offers a Technical Assistance Kit for Developers as well as information on conferences and workshops on development and smart growth.


Center for Neighborhood Technology ( offers technical assistance to communities, plus information on Location Efficient Mortgages.


Congress for New Urbanism ( provides technical assistance to communities, local governments and professionals on designing and financing infill development.


Global Green ( recommends resource efficiency models for shopping centers and affordable housing.


International City/County Management Association ( includes a Smart Growth Network and technical assistance to local governments.


Surface Transportation Policy Project ( includes Smart Growth Analysis Tools and Tool Kit for Smart Growth.


Neighborworks Net ( offers information and training on a host of community revitalization efforts from across the country.


Lincoln Institute for Land Use ( integrates the theory and practice of land use and taxation through three focused program areas: taxation of land and buildings; land use and regulation; and land values, property rights and ownership.


Center for Livable Communities ( helps local governments and community leaders be proactive in their land use and transportation planning and adopt programs and policies that lead to more livable and resource-efficient land use patterns.


The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC (, helps community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones with technical expertise, training, and information.


Planetizen ( is a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community.