Yes, oh yes there is an urban planning naughty list! But have no fear, we have compiled a list of ten things that could land one on said list.
1. Not protecting the public's interest
This is a given. Protecting the public's interest is planning's sacred oath, so naturally someone not following suit will find their way onto the naughty list.
2. Blaming urban planners for everything under the sun
Blaming planners for Little "P" problems is a big faux pas. Many different professions are responsible for the development of cities. Planners can make recommendations, but it takes a combination of political will and strong partnerships to achieve a community’s vision and goals.
3. Not designing for mixed-use, walkable environments
If you're not advocating for walkable neighborhoods and communities for all people, then you're going to be on the naughty list.
4. Creating barriers to missing middle housing
Our cities need all types of housing products to address the affordable housing crisis! We need more row houses, duplexes, triplexes, etc. and our zoning codes need to allow them.
5. Leaving neighborhood design to other professionals
Planners need to fall in love with subdivision regulations again and take them very seriously. Subdivision regulation are so vital in ensuring interconnected, walkable, and fiscally sustainable communities.
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