Planning eTools

Planning eTools cover a wide array of planning topics ranging from natural resources to economic development. The tools are intended to be an easy read, providing a quick overview of each topic, a brief explanation of how it works, and considerations in addressing the topic or regulating the use.

Below is a list of all tools in alphabetical order. You may also browse our tools by planning topic.

Planning Topic


Community Health

Economic Development


Historic Preservation


Land Use

Open Space


Utilities, Infrastructure and Energy

All Tools A-Z

Accessory Dwelling Units

Adaptive Reuse

Affordable Housing Bonuses

Affordably-priced Homes

Age-restricted Housing

Aging in Place

Agricultural Conservation Easements

Agricultural Zoning

Backyard Chicken Keeping

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Design

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Policy


Brownfield Redevelopment

Cellular Communications Facilities

Cluster Development

Community Gardens

Complete Streets Policy

Conservation Easements

Consultant Selection

Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Electric Vehicles

Energy Audits for Municipalities

Farmers' Markets

Farmworker Housing

Floodplain Management and Protection

Food Trucks

Form Based Codes and Zoning Ordinances

Green Development Codes and Ordinances

Green Roofs


Greyfield Redevelopment

Growth Boundaries

Hazardous Waste Programs

Historic and Cultural Resource Preservation Planning

Historic Resource Protection Standards

Home-based Businesses

Homeowner Association Open Space Management

Housing Diversity

Housing Rehabilitation

Infill Development

Main Streets - Design

Main Streets - Economic Vitality

Main Streets - Organization

Main Streets - Promotion

Medical Marijuana


Mixed-use Development

Mobile Home Parks

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Native Plants: Landscaping with Native Plants

Natural Resource Protection Standards

Office Park Redevelopment

Official Map

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Lighting

Parking Facilities: Design

Parking Facilities: Policy

Parkland Dedication and Fee-In-Lieu Ordinances

Performance Zoning

Recycle and Reuse Programs

Recycling/Drop Off Recycling Centers

Residential Conversions

Retaining Wall Design Standards

Riparian Buffers

Roadway Connectivity

Rural Center Zoning

Secondary Farm Business

Self-Storage Facilities

Short-term Rentals

Sign Regulations

Site Analysis Plan

Sketch Plans

Smart Growth

Solar Energy Systems Zoning

Solid Waste Management, Diversion, and Reduction

Steep Slope Protection

Stormwater Best Management Practices

Street Trees

TMDL: Total Maximum Daily Loads

Traditional Neighborhood Development

Transferable Development Rights (TDR)

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Transit Stops and Centers

Transportation Impact Fee Ordinances

Universal Design for Public Spaces

Universal Design for Residential Uses

Urban Green Spaces

Urban Heat Island Mitigation

Water Conservation Practices

Wetland Protection


Woodland Conservation

Zoning Overlays