Interested in learning more about scenario planning and other recent work? The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is pleased to offer the following publications and resources.

Policy Focus Reports 

How to Use Exploratory Scenario Planning (XSP)
Exploratory scenario planning (XSP) can help communities prepare for uncertainties posed by climate change, pandemics, automation, and other unprecedented twenty-first-century challenges. This manual is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in using this emergent planning approach, which is effective at the local, regional, or organizational level.

Greening America’s Smaller Legacy Cities
This synthesis of sustainability initiatives offers local officials; their state and regional partners; and their nonprofit, business, institutional, and philanthropic collaborators a policy framework and roadmap for regenerating small and midsize legacy cities in an equitable, climate-resilient manner.

Integrating Land Use and Water Management: Planning and Practice
This report introduces readers to best management practices that enable local governments and water providers to integrate the two systems. Supported by case studies from several U.S. communities, the report demonstrates that planning is a crucial step for land and water integration.

Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools
This 2012 report examines the state of scenario planning and scenario planning tools that can help communities and regions prepare for that future through a variety of visioning, land use, transportation, and other planning efforts.

Planning for Climate Change in the West
This Policy Focus Report acknowledges the critical role of local planners in confronting challenges posed by climate change and offers regional planners techniques for addressing these concerns while they focus on issues affecting regional growth.

Policy Briefs 

Exploratory Scenario Planning: How to Navigate an Uncertain Future
This four-page policy briefs distills the more expansive report, How to Use Exploratory Scenario Planning (XSP): Navigating an Uncertain Future, by Jeremy Stapleton.

Scenario Planning: Embracing Uncertainty to Make Better Decisions
In this four-page Policy Brief, University of Michigan urban planner Robert Goodspeed defines different scenario types, processes, and tools that shape better and more inclusive planning practices.

Integrating Land Use and Water Management
This Policy Brief is a condensed version of Integrating Land Use and Water Management, a Policy Focus Report by Erin Rugland that has been described as “relevant, informative, and necessary at this moment in time.”

Equitably Developing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities
This Policy Brief condenses the Policy Focus Report, Equitably Developing America's Smaller Legacy Cities: Investing in Residents from South Bend to Worcester, by Erica Spaid Patras, Alison Goebel, and Lindsey Elam and builds on the Legacy Cities Initiative network of community leaders and government officials working to create shared prosperity for legacy cities.

America’s Legacy Cities: Building an Equitable Renaissance
This four-page policy brief builds on the work of the Legacy Cities Initiative, exploring strategies for the equitable revitalization and creation of shared prosperity in places of every size.


Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions
In this in-depth examination of scenario planning, Robert Goodspeed explains what scenario planning is and presents evidence of its effectiveness. Intended for urban planning professionals, students, and researchers, the book includes a clear overview of scenario planning methods, a chapter on specific modeling and simulation tools, case studies, and helpful synopses at the conclusion of each chapter.

Megaregions and America’s Future
This source book provides updated demographic, economic, and environmental information on U.S. megaregions for urban and regional planners, policy makers, academics, and decision makers in transportation, environmental protection, and development agencies. The book reviews the origins of the megaregion concept and the economic, ecological, demographic, and political dynamics. 

Design with Nature Now
In 1969, Ian McHarg’s seminal book Design with Nature set forth a new vision for regional planning using natural systems. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, a team of landscape architects and planners has showcased some of the most advanced ecological design projects in the world today. Written in clear language and featuring vivid color images, Design with Nature Now demonstrates McHarg’s enduring influence on contemporary practitioners as they contend with climate change and other 21st century challenges. 

Land Lines Articles 

Four New Projects Will Use Scenario Planning to Explore Housing Affordability

Scenario Planning for Climate Resilience

Scenario Planning in a Pandemic: How to Embrace and Navigate Uncertainty

The Many Futures of Lakewood, Ohio 

The Second Wave: Why Floods Can Follow Wildfires, and How Communities Can Prepare  

Bridging the Divide: Why Integrating Land and Water Planning is Critical to a Sustainable Future  

Still the ONE: Lessons from a Small City’s Big Commitment to Affordability  

Toolkits and Multimedia

Exploratory Scenario Planning with Multi-Stakeholder Platforms in Food Systems (toolkit)

Incorporating Water into Comprehensive Planning: A Manual for Land Use Planners in the Colorado River Basin (manual)

Land Matters Podcast: Water in the West: Jim Holway Reflects on Decades of Problem Solving (podcast)

Sowing Seeds: How Scenario Planning Can Help Agricultural Communities Plan for a Resilient Future (video)

Still the ONE: Affordable Housing Initiatives in Burlington Vermont’s Old North End (video/case study)