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Planner's Pocket Reference

This page provides links to useful resources for local government planners in Washington State.


Overview

Planning professionals address an array of community needs, including land use, transportation, parks and recreation, environmental resources, housing, commercial and industrial development, economic development, and infrastructure.

As a result, planners must have at least a working understanding and ability to analyze a variety of subjects. They will encounter terminology and technical information from a variety of disciplines. Even planners that are highly specialized, such as transportation planners, must understand the interaction between transportation and land use, environment, economic, social, fiscal, legal, and other considerations. In some communities, especially small towns with small budgets, the person responsible for planning is not trained as a planner. Survival as a planner requires the ability to become quickly conversant on new issues and tools. That requires quick access to relevant reference materials and resources.

In an era of tight budgets, few planning offices can afford in-house libraries of all reference materials or significant on-the-job training. Fortunately, there are a growing number of useful resources available on the Internet.


Why Plan?


Selected Reference Shelf


Glossaries and Acronyms

Land Use and Planning

Population

Agency Acronyms and Abbreviations

Environment

Transportation

Housing

Economic and Financial Terms

Legal Terms


The Players


Trainings and Tutorials

Planning and Land Use

Environment, Energy, GIS


Technical Tools


Land Use Toolbox


Planning Law Reference Shelf


Model Codes and Plans


Manuals and Handbooks


Recommended Resource Books


Last Modified: October 18, 2019