The Community Engagement Toolkit helps guide such efforts, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion. So that readers will consider external and internal factors in their engagement efforts, the toolkit asks practitioners to answer a series of questions while they are designing their engagement strategies.
Engage in Community and Strategic Planning
An interactive tool produced by the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Initiative and Fiscal Policy Institute explores the unrealized potential for increased immigrant home ownership in 23 legacy cities.
Developed as part of a Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tool outlines the key components of a smart growth strategy and explains what such a strategy might look like in a specific community.
The AARP Livable Communities initiative provides a collection of reports and how-to guides that address several livability issues, including aging in place, walkability and pedestrian safety, and inclusive transportation and public realm design.
Incorporating the general public into the planning process can be daunting, but it is crucial to creating plans that will have a lasting impact. The Local Government Commission and the California Endowment wrote this guide to provide local leaders with tools to engage the public in the planning process.
The Intersector Toolkit is a resource for local leaders who may not have experience forging formal cross-sector partnerships. Though not tailored to a specific type of project or collaboration, the toolkit features many case studies examining community or economic development projects.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s mapping tool lets users visualize the latest data for dozens of indicators—ranging from housing affordability to brownfield sites to federal government spending.
Elimination of off-street parking minimums to promote citywide development, density, and the use of alternative transportation modes
Measuring racial disparities across 72 indicators to inform data-driven policy making in the City of St. Louis
An urban revitalization initiative that uses a real-time parcel-level survey and mapping platform to guide its strategic demolition and neighborhood stabilization efforts
Promoting economic and urban development in neighborhood business districts through comprehensive corridor planning, incentive programs, and public management reforms
A program that offers paid summer employment and training in environmental conservation to local young residents—primarily low-income youth of color
A city and nonprofit partnership model for neighborhood planning and community development
Promotional and branding program to strengthen the housing market in the Triangle neighborhood of North Winton Village, a target middle neighborhood in Rochester
Supporting long-term residency by providing free architectural designs for owner-occupants seeking to add a half-bathroom to the ground floor of single-bathroom homes