The Planning and Community Health Research Center developed a series of briefing papers to illustrate how planners use arts and culture strategies to achieve economic, social, environmental, and community goals.
Through a partnership with Active Living Research, this project examines how different street features, either independently or in combination with one another, can promote physical activity. The research also explores other potential co-benefits to such features, with special focus on economic and social outcomes.
The effects of policies, practices, and environmental factors on youth diet and physical activity.
This three-year initiative involved community development leaders, community members, and others and resulted in a guide to redeveloping brownfield sites.
The Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse is a resource for training and relevant news about the intersection of health and place. APA, the American Public Health Association and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, were a part of a 2014 relaunch. The clearinghouse now offers both academic and professional training resources that address the link between public health with planning, architecture, health impact assessment and transportation engineering, among others.
We are facing a new era of defining what constitutes a park. No longer seen as simply grass and trees, parks provide a multitude of benefits to their users.
Working with the Coastal States Organization, APA's Hazards Planning Research Center produced a PAS Report on coastal zone management.
Discover policy and implementation practices that are helping to create complete streets in communities across the country.
For planners and building officials, signs are but one component of the complex built environment. And planning for and regulating signs is just one aspect of a city or community design program.
APA's Hazards Planning Research Center published a PAS Report on best practices and case studies in drought planning, working with the University of Nebraska's National Drought Mitigation Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System.
This project engaged planners in thinking critically about what makes a family friendly community, what's currently being done, and what opportunities are there to create more friendly communities.
Working through a team led by The Conservation Fund with APA as co-principal investigator, the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition was formed to conserve, restore, and enhance a regional green infrastructure network delivering multiple benefits for the people and wildlife of central Maryland.
States and their local governments now have new practical tools available to help combat urban sprawl, protect farmland, promote affordable housing, and encourage redevelopment.
Learn how to integrate best practices in hazard mitigation into all forms of local plan making and planning activities.
APA hosted a scoping session under USDA Forest Service sponsorship to discuss ways to reduce disaster-caused damage to the urban forest. Several federal agencies and other national nonprofits participated.
APA's Planning and Community Health Center completed a project to further the education, training, and development of Health Impact Assessments (HIA) as an integral part of planning practice to integrate the use of HIA into plans and policies that shape the built environment.
In 2003, a partnership between APA and the National Association of County and City Health Officials began to restore the bridge between land-use planning, community design, and public health practice.
Everyone needs housing — a place to live, a place to call home. But the realization of safe, decent, affordable housing is becoming increasingly difficult for more and more individuals and families.
The LBCS model extends the notion of classifying land uses by refining traditional categories into multiple dimensions. These multiple dimensions allow users to have precise control over land-use classifications.
In the last decade, the paradigm of smart growth has prompted many communities to improve the physical design of downtowns and neighborhoods.
A PAS Report, a database, a reader, and other resources provide information on integrating energy and climate issues into planning.
APA's Planning and Community Health Research Center is identifying and evaluating plans that address community-based food systems.
A multi-year research study to identify and analyze the plan-making processes and the health goals, objectives, and policies of local comprehensive plans across the U.S.
An update and overhaul of the classic PAS Report Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction, incorporating numerous planning lessons learned from the last 15 years of dealing with major disasters.
Wildfires are increasing in frequency and severity as more people move into areas where developments meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildlands.
Planners need to adopt a green infrastructure approach and incorporate trees into urban plans. Learn how to develop an urban forestry program that reaps the many benefits of trees.
In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this two-year study resulted in a set of tools that integrate health into plan implementation with a focus on creating guidelines for site plan review and subdivision.
How do we amend our ordinances to advance smart growth?
A survey of planning legislation in 50 states.
In this FEMA-funded project, APA revamped a 1997 PAS Report to incorporate new issues and knowledge that have developed over the past two decades.
From September 2010 to July 2016 APA worked with its partners to provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to local and regional governments to make it easier for residents, businesses, and property owners within their jurisdictions to use solar energy.
The Planning and Community Health Center developed a set of applied tools to incorporate health into development review, comprehensive planning, safe routes to parks, and green infrastructure.
In early 2005, APA contracted with the Transportation Research Board to produce a Synthesis Study on Tribal Transportation Programs.
Research that resulted in a Planning Advisory Service Report on the role of planning practice in developing and sustainable urban agriculture to support economic, social, and environmental goals.
A census of local planning activity in jurisdictions that contain priority conservation areas.
Research activities at APA are supported by grants from foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies, as well as subscription revenues. APA welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with organizations that have similar or complementary interests.