By Topic

These items are available for WYOPASS members to checkout and borrow. If you are interested in checking out any of these items, please contact Paul Moberly,, 607-339-8259.

Zoning & Land Use
Public Engagement
Economic Development
Planning Law
General Planning
Planning Commissioners


Wyoming Zoning Toolkit

  1. Breaking The Code - A Toolkit for Wyoming Communities
    This is the "how to" and best practices guide for Wyoming communities to learn how to align local development codes with their housing goals.
  2. D.I.Y. Code Audit Step-by-Step Instructions
    We're including these instructions in both .pdf and powerpoint formats in case that is helpful for possible future trainings.
  3. D.I.Y. Code Audit Tool
    An Excel-based tool that communities can use to perform their own in-house code audits, including financial feasibility analysis of different housing scenarios.
  4. Lovell Code Study Finding & Recommendations
    Final report from the Lovell Code Audit Project, outlining the process, finding, and proposed code changes.
  5. Lander Code Analysis & Recommendations / Proposed Code Amendments
    In lieu of a final report, the Lander team chose instead to focus on formalizing proposed code changes and presenting amendments to the Planning Commission and City Council for approval. These contain information on the Lander Code Audit process and final recommendations. The additional word document contains the proposed amended code that was created by the project team, and that is being considered for adoption by Council this summer.
CD Training Package: Contemporary Zoning and Codes. Best of Contemporary Community Planning. 2004 
Three topics included: Reflections on Big City Zoning; Smart Growth for Citizen Planners; and The Face of Zoning in the 21st Century. APA/Lincoln Land Institute

CD Training Package: Permitting and Standards for Wind Power. 2008 
Faculty Presenters: Erica Heller, Clarion Associates; and Ron Stimmel, American Wind Energy Association. Small-scale wind turbines can generate substantial energy in moderate winds. New models can be mounted on rooftops, light poles, and even in backyards. As energy prices and environmental concern drive interest in alternative energy, where can wind turbines fit in urban environments, and what standards are needed to ensure compatibility? 1.25 CM Credits

Book: 21st Century Land Development Code, Robert Freilich and S. Mark White. 2008. From the APA Planner’s Press “Two of the nation’s leading experts in land-use law and planning provide a comprehensive guide to drafting and updating land-use regulations in this essential reference. The book is a complete planning and law model code, integrating traditional Euclidean zoning with green codes, new urbanism, and smart growth. It covers sustainability, traditional neighborhood development, transit-oriented development, mixed use centers, subdivision regulations official mapping, adequate public facilities, variances, conditional uses, religious uses, adult uses, telecommunications, and complete forms and procedures. The companion CD-Rom, which is searchable, contains the entire text of the code and commentaries, along with color illustrations.”

Book: Model Subdivision Regulations, 1975 (Robert H. Freilich & Peter S. Levi)

Video Training Package: Performance Zoning, 1994
Small Town and Rural Planning Series. For small towns in particular, performance zoning provides a viable alternative to traditional zoning. Examine performance zoning and other strategies that rural and urbanizing communities have used to maximize their chances for planning success. (90 minutes of video education and workshop materials.)


AICP Ethics Training, APA

Book: Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners, Carol Barrett, FAICP, 2002.
This book is on the suggested reading list for planners preparing to take the AICP Exam. “The most troublesome conflicts for planners aren’t between good and bad, they’re between competing good, neither of which can be fully achieved. The 54 real-world scenarios described, typify the tough moral dilemmas that confront today’s practioners.”

Video Training Package: Ethical Dilemmas in Planning, 1993
Expert panelists present different scenarios to illustrate the ethical aspects of problem solving, decision-making, and policy implementation. The lively, humorous, and provocative discussion challenges planners to think about the ethical dimension of their work. (60 minutes of video education and workshop materials.)


APA Mock Meeting Management

Meeting Management (cont.)

Book: Successful Public Meetings—A Practical Guide (Second Edition, Copyright 2000) by Elaine Cogan.
This book “identifies the three essential components of any successful meeting: effective leadership, advance planning, and good organization. Cogan explains why it's essential to begin the preparations by deciding what the meeting is intended to accomplish. That, in turn, determines what kind of meeting you should conduct: informational, advisory, or problem solving. Cogan breaks down the essential tasks involved and even suggests the right type of person to handle each one. She describes various types of troublesome meeting attendees—from accusers and apathetics to fence-sitters and know-it-alls—and offers advice on how to deal tactfully but firmly with them all. She also tackles working effectively with the media, a subject that terrifies most planners. True stories of public meetings, both good and bad, add humor to her no-nonsense narrative. Follow her step-by-step checklist and leave nothing to chance.

Video Training Package: Building Vision and Action, 1994
Small Town and Rural Planning Series. Learn how to involve citizens in the visioning process and ways to make the transition from vision to action. Geared especially toward planners in small towns and rural areas. (90 minutes of video education and workshop materials.)

Video Training Package: Meeting Management, A Mock Commission Hearing, 1994
This popular, staged hearing shows you how to manage meetings and ensure fair and open participation. Analyze where meetings go wrong and see how an experienced chair keeps a meeting on track. Its familiar scenarios will help your commission avoid common pitfalls. (90 minutes of video or DVD education and workshop handout materials.)


Linking Economic Development & Planning

CD Training Package: Economic Development for Small Towns. 2004 
Presenters: Matt D’Amico; David A. Wilcox, FAICP; and Thomas S. Lyons. Small towns are challenged by the need to develop and maintain an economic base. Sometimes the challenges are so great that officials are tempted to accept whatever revenue-generating business or enterprise is available. In this program, you'll hear how communities have learned to set their own agenda, found innovative ways of developing new business, reinforced viable existing businesses, and adapted to changing markets. What should a sound economic foundation be, and what are the sources of revenue that produce a more stable community? Hear case studies from around the country that illustrate differing aspects of this issue. APA, 1.0 CM Credit

CD Training Package: New Approaches to Economic Development. 2005 
Several Presenters: Gail Goldberg; Paul Gottlieb; Rollin Stanley; Michal Kinsley; Emil E. Malizia, AICP; Deb Syndenham; and William R. Anderson, AICP; et al. Two modules from past APA live training events provide fresh insight into economic development plans and methods. APA, 2.25 CM credits

CD Training Package: Preparing a Downtown Revitalization Plan. 2007 
Faculty Presnters: Lisa C. Nagle, AICP, Principal, Elan Planning & Design, Inc.; Melissa M. McManus, Director of Community Development, Village of Rouses Point, New York; Patricia A. Tatich, AICP, County of Warren, New York Planning Department. Do you remember spending time downtown with friends and family-shopping, strolling, or going to the movies? You can recapture that vibrancy. Learn how to revitalize your small town downtown through the combination of physical improvements that enhance the historic setting and a targeted marketing effort to recruit new businesses. 1.25 CM Credits

Video Training Package: Linking Economic Development and Planning, 1994
Small Town and Rural Planning Series It’s possible to revitalize small town economies without damaging community character. This video illustrates techniques small communities have used to ensure economic development goals support broader community objectives. (75 minutes of video education and workshop materials.)

CD Training Package:
Design Guidelines for Small Towns and Rural Communities. 2006 
Presenters: Laura Marie Minns, AICP; Binoy Panicker, AICP; and Gregory S Hoch. Planners often must turn traditional urban design principles inside-out to develop design guidelines for small towns and rural communities. This CD-ROM training package explores those unique approaches planners are using to develop commercial and residential guidelines that are mindful of small-town and rural character. APA, 1.25 CM credits

Book: Community by Design, New Urbanism for Suburbs and Small Communities, Kenneth B. Hall and Gerald A. Porterfield, 2001.
From the preface, “This book is the first practical guide to creating communities that truly are not merely enclaves near off-ramps. The reader is given page after page of solutions to the problems of suburban sprawl and the traffic congestion it engenders. This pictorial guide makes it easy to envision, create, and apply answers that make your town or new development a better place to live. This is a concise, realistic, easy-to-read book about making today’s communities meet the needs of their citizens. Design professionals, elected officials, and citizens need this book as they take on active role to ensure that their communities are products of real vision.”

Book: Rural By Design, Maintaining Small Town Character, Randall Arendt, with Elizabeth A. Brabec, Harry L. Dodson, Christine Reid, and Robert D. Yaro 1994.
From Ian McHarg “This book has tremendous breadth and impressive depth. As comprehensive work as could be fit between covers, it also provides an incredible amount of detail that will undoubtedly be helpful to a very wide variety of readers. From Tony Hiss “If you’re a fan of strip malls, pedestrian-free gated subdivisions, 12-lane freeways, and treeless horizons—avoid this book. If, however, you live work, plan, or build in a suburb or small town and like the sense of community that tree-lined streets, small shops close to home, and trails and lakes a stroll away bring with them, this book is the hope-filled, how-to manual you been waiting for.

Book: True West, Authentic Development Patterns for Small Towns and Rural Areas, 2003, Christopher Duerksen and James van Hemert.
This book “translates the key elements of authentic Western development patterns into design guidelines for expansion and new development. Case studies examine contemporary developments that harmonize with the historic and natural landscape.”

CD Training Package: Planning Law in Perspective. 2005 
Several Presenters: Peter A Buschsbaum et al. The legal landscape for planning is ever-changing and this CD-ROM training package covers the past four years of court cases, legislation, and challenges to planning law. It is suitable for planners and officials. 5.5 CM Credits


CD Training Package: A Short Course on Local Planning. 2006 
PAW and State of Washington Dept. of Community, Trade, and Economic Development.

Book: A Planners Dictionary (APA 2004). The dictionary was made possible by the fees paid by PAS subscribers. The definitions come almost exclusively from planners working at the local, county, and state level.

Book: The Planning For Results Guidebook, Practical Advice for Building Successful Rural Communities, Lee Nellis and Karen Van Gilder, 2003.
From Pam Shellenberger: The Guidebook is an excellent document that can benefit many municipalities through the country. It is written in a clear, concise, manner, and uses terminology that should be easily understood by local officials, community leaders, and others involved in the planning process. The vast array of planning tools and resources presented will assist communities in effectively planning for their future. From Joanne Garnett: “I think this guidebook will be huge asset to rural areas, which are typically understaffed and heavily reliant on volunteer help. This easy-to-digest, hands-on guidebook offering step-by-step approaches toward planning solutions will be of great help.”

Book: The Small Town Planning Handbook, Third Edition, 2007, Thomas L. Daniels, John W. Keller, Mark B. Lapping, Katherine Daniels, and James Segedy.
From the back cover: “For decades, the handbook has helped small towns and rural communities plan for change. It is a step-by-step guide to drafting and implementing a comprehensive plan through zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and capital improvements programs, with sensitivity to local character and limited resources. The third edition shows how planning technologies such as GIS and the Internet can improve the planning process. The new edition contains a wealth of information on ways to maintain or improve the design of small towns, and explains how to create a small town economic development plan. The authors emphasize strategic planning for economic, social, and environmental sustainability both in remote towns and in towns on the edge of metropolitan regions.

Book: What your Planning Professors Forgot to Tell You, Paul Zucker, 1999.
Veteran and beginning planners alike will enjoy and benefit from this light-hearted yet edifying retrospective, delivered with Paul Zucker's trademark humor and spirit.

Book: Citizen’s Guide to Planning, 2nd Edition, 1979 (Herbert H. Smith)

Book: Rural and Small Town Planning, 1979 (Judith Getzels & Charles Thurow, Editors)

Video Training Package: Planning for Community Character, 1994
Small Town and Rural Planning Series. How can you identify and protect community character? This video discusses the role of character in planning and techniques you can use to identify key elements of your community’s character. (75 minutes of video education and workshop material)


Book: The Job of the Planning Commissioner, 3rd Edition, 1987 (Albert Solnit)

Book: The Planning Commissioners Guide, 1984 (David J. Allor)

Book: The Zoning Board Manual
, 1984 (Frederick H. Bair, Jr.)

Book: Welcome to the Commission! A guide for new members. 2000

Video Training Package: The Best of Planning for Zoning Administrators, 1994
This primer for zoning administrators on best planning practices considers the goals of planning, the role of comprehensive plans, and the contemporary planning practice. It evaluates zoning and other tools used to implement planning goals and examine the development review process, offering tips to help you separate good proposals from bad ones. (4-hour video education and workshop materials)