Delivering Better Plans

PAS Memo — January-February 2012

By John Houseal, FAICP, Devin Lavigne, AICP


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Are your planning documents as user-friendly and graphically engaging as they could — and should — be? The January/February 2012 issue of PAS Memo presents an overview of some of the trends and issues that are affecting plan making; provides considerations to draft better text; and reviews tips for improving the maps, charts, illustrations, plans, and documents they produce.


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Jan. 1, 2012
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About the Authors

John Houseal, FAICP
John is Principal and Co-founder of Houseal Lavigne, an innovation-based planning and design firm headquartered in Chicago. John has directed a wide variety of planning, design, zoning, and outreach related projects across the country for communities ranging from small farming towns to the nation's largest cities and metropolitan areas. John's work is widely recognized throughout the planing profession, having received numerous awards at the regional, state, and national levels for innovation, comprehensive planning, outreach, strategic planning, special area planning, implementaion, and overall planning and design excellence. John has been a featured speaker on issues related to urban planning, innovation, zoning, transportation, context sensitive design, graphic commuication, and the environment.

Devin Lavigne, AICP
Devin is a Principal and Co-founder of Houseal Lavigne Associates, with special expertise in urban design, land use planning, site planning, land planning, land use regulation, graphic illustration and development visualization, and geographic information systems. He is one of the profession’s top graphics professionals and is recognized for his ability to communicate plans, planning concepts, and incorporating development visualizations into the planning process. He has directed, managed, authored and contributed to a number of comprehensive plans, downtown plans, corridor plans, subarea plans, park master plans, and other planning assignments throughout the United States.