Defining and Measuring Community Character

Zoning Practice — December 2010

By Bret Keast, AICP


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This article lays out a framework to describe the general characteristics of different classes and types of community character and suggests means and metrics communities can use to define character in local plans and zoning.


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Dec. 1, 2010
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About the Author

Bret Keast, AICP
Bret C. Keast, AICP, is President and Owner of Kendig Keast Collaborative and enCodePlus, LLC. Bret has a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning, a specialty in Architecture, and a second degree in Speech Communication from Iowa State University. He also has a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Kansas. Bret's previous experience includes the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG); the City of Olathe, Kansas; Wilbur Smith Associates (Houston, Texas); and Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC). Mr. Keast has developed comprehensive and small area plans, zoning and land development regulations, and a broad array of other studies for municipal and county jurisdictions across more than 40 states. After its early years as ZoningPlus, Bret formed enCodePlus, LLC in 2012, which is a content management and online code publishing company used to computerize and codify development codes or entire codes of ordinances.