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:

Agriculture | Community Health | Economic Development | Environment | Historic Preservation | Housing | Land Use | Open Space | Transportation | Utilities, Infrastructure and Energy

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Accessory Dwelling Units

Adaptive Reuse

Affordable Housing Bonuses

Affordably-priced Homes

Age-restricted Housing

Aging in Place

Agricultural Easements

Agricultural Zoning

Backyard Chicken Keeping

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Design

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Policy


Brownfield and Greyfield Redevelopment

Cluster/Open Space Development

Community Gardens

Community Supported Agriculture

Compact Development Design

Conservation Easements

Consultant Selection

Electric Vehicles

Energy Audits for Municipalities

Farmers' Markets

Farmworker Housing

Floodplain Management and Protection

Form Based Codes and Zoning Ordinances

Green Development Codes and Ordinances

Green Roofs


Growth Boundaries

Hazardous Waste Programs

Historic and Cultural Resource Preservation Planning

Historic Resource Protection Standards

Homeowner Association Open Space Management

Housing Diversity

Housing Rehabilitation

In-fill Development

Main Streets - Promotion


Mixed-use Development

Mobile Home Parks

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Native Plants and Controlling Invasive Species

Natural Resource Protection Standards

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

Riparian Buffers

Roadway Connectivity

Rural Center Zoning

Secondary Farm Business

Short-term Rentals

Signs: Digital and Electronic Sign Regulation

Site Analysis Plan

Solid Waste Management

Steep Slope Protection

Stormwater Facilities Maintenance

Stormwater Facility Operation and Maintenance

Stormwater Management: 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

Universal Design for Public Spaces

Universal Design for Residential Uses

Urban Green Spaces

Water Conservation Practices

Wetland Protection