This extensively revised and updated fourth edition of Planning in the USA continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to the policies, theory and practice of planning. Outlining land use, urban planning, and environmental protection policies, this fully illustrated book explains the nature of the planning process and the way in which policy issues are identified, defined, and approached.

This full colour edition incorporates new planning legislation and regulations at the state and federal layers of government, updated discussion on current economic issues, and examples of local ordinances in a variety of planning areas. Key updates include:

  • a new chapter on planning and sustainability;
  • a new discussion on the role of foundations and giving to communities;
  • a discussion regarding the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans;
  • a discussion on deindustrialization and shrinking cities;
  • a discussion on digital billboards;
  • a discussion on recent comprehensive planning efforts;
  • a discussion on land banking;
  • a discussion unfunded mandates;
  • a discussion on community character;
  • a companion website with multiple choice and fill the blank questions, and ‘test yourself’ glossary terms.

This book gives a detailed account of urbanization in the United States and reveals the problematic nature and limitations of the planning process, the fallibility of experts, and the difficulties facing policy-makers in their search for solutions. Planning in the USA is an essential book for students, planners and all who are concerned with the nature of contemporary urban and environmental problems.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

Part 1 Planning and Government

chapter 1|32 pages

The nature of planning

chapter 2|17 pages


chapter 3|20 pages

Governing and planning urban areas

chapter 4|17 pages

Planning and sustainability

part |2 pages

Part 2 Land use Regulation

part |1 pages

Part 3 Growth Management

chapter 10|17 pages

Growth management and local government

chapter 11|30 pages

Growth management and the states

part |2 pages

Part 4 Planning and Development Issues

chapter 12|37 pages

Environmental policy and planning

chapter 13|22 pages

The limits of environmental policy

chapter 14|32 pages


chapter 15|34 pages


chapter 16|25 pages

Community and economic development

chapter 17|22 pages

Urban design and aesthetics

chapter 18|26 pages

Heritage and historic preservation

part |1 pages


chapter 19|18 pages

Some final questions