As more people move to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), development will continue to affect the region’s ecological health. For 17 years, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (Valley Advocates) has advocated for responsible growth management in the Teton Valley of Idaho and Wyoming, working to preserve our corner of the GYE. However, we’ve found that focusing on future growth alone is not enough to protect our treasured ecosystem. In addition, our regional community must also work to correct the development mistakes of the past. by Shawn Hill, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development
Dan Pava, AICP, shares a letter to the editor that he wrote about fostering sustainability in Santa Fe County. He thinks it is important for planners to be working on sustainability plans because we have the right skill set to facilitate such important community efforts. Planners can draw on their education and experience to make these plans better and implement them effectively, efficiently and equitably.
Rural decline continues in many places, but some amenity-rich areas transition to tourism-driven economies—often against the desires of legacy residents. Unique challenges make community planning difficult, but essential, in this context. A case study highlights the challenges of a community in transition. by Paul Moberly and Kyle Slaughter
This article examines the history of the sustainability concept, as well as examples of ways that other jurisdictions have been intentional in their use of sustainability as part of their comprehensive plans. by Larry G. Mugler, AICP, M.ASCE
How an innovative new planning methodology takes aim at breaking this cycle for Western communities. by Marc Diemer and Brian Wilkerson
The Snow Creek Stream Environment Zone (SEZ) Restoration Project is a good example of sustainable infrastructure planning and design which results in benefits to the environment, economy and community. by Suzanne Wilkins, AICP, ENV SP
Despite being poised to continue growing at unprecedented rates, Salt Lake County is trying to accommodate that growth without sacrificing its small town feel, compromising available resources, or impacting residents’ quality of life. by David J. Gellner, AICP, and Todd A. Draper
Community gardens on vacant parcels are one way to foster healthful eating, physical activity and community resilience. by Mark Apel, Bisbee, Arizona
With high level of public and private uses, Wasatch Canyons bring into focus the intersection of competing interests. Story by David J. Gellner.
Former Gov. Parris Glendening discusses the impact of changing demographics in his keynote address at the 2012 conference. Story by Rachel Girt.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in Nevada works to update regional plan.