As part of Western Planner’s mission to be a resource for planners in the West, we are pleased to offer all WP articles published since 1980 FOR FREE. As of 2017, we are a free online publication. This means we are reliant on donations from fellow planners and partners, like you. Please consider donating online today.

  • Every print issue of WP ever produced (276 in all) - Download the very first issue published 1980

  • Covering 37 years from 1980 through the present

  • Over 2,223 articles

  • Articles written by hundreds of different authors, mostly by practicing planners residing in 31 different states, the District of Columbia, and 2 Canadian provinces

How to search articles from 2013 - present

Our journal became fully digital in 2017. However, beginning in 2013, we made the effort to post all articles on our website. Just type in a keyword (e.g., land use) to the search bar below to find articles published in 2013 to present.

How to search articles from 1980 - end of 2016

Below is an embedded version of our Google Sheet, as an example of what is available.. The best way to search is to go directly to our Google Sheet by clicking the link and doing a sort or search.

Step One: Accessing the Archives

Click the following link to open Google Sheet in a separate browser window:  

Step Two: Sort the Archives

Click the column that you want to sort by.

For example:

  • Click on/highlight the “Keyword” column.

  • Right click on “Keyword” to sort from “A-Z” or “Z-A”. Find the topic you are interested in.

  • If you are looking for articles written on “Affordable Housing”, you will find 16 articles written from 1982 to 2012.

Step Three: Retrieve the article for free

Once you have located the articles that meet your search, click on the corresponding “Short URL” to download the issue in which the article appeared. You will need to search the issue for your article.

For example:

  • You identified an “Affordable Housing” article you would like to download, written by Dave Engel in 1984: “Urban Infill-Target for Affordable Housing”

  • Click on the “Short URL” and find Dave’s article on the front page of that December 1984 issue!

  • You can then download and save the entire issue, or read it online.