The following links are not endorsed by the City of Pendleton or its staff. These links have been provided as a source of planning-related information should you wish to explore issues further.
Association of Oregon Redevelopment Agencies
AORA is a resource for urban renewal agencies and public and private redevelopment professionals that:
- Promotes urban renewal 'best practices' among the state's urban renewal agencies;
- Provides a forum for discussion with professional colleagues throughout the state on issues pertinent to redevelopment;
- Provides education and information to the Legislature and state agencies on issues related to redevelopment and tax increment financing;
- Evaluates and coordinates urban renewal agency responses to litigation on urban renewal and redevelopment; and
- Assists the League of Oregon Cities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Strategies to Prevent Obesity in the United States Think Planning and Obesity are not related? The medical cost of obesity in the United States may be as high as $147 billion annually, based on a recent study from CDC and the Research Triangle Institute. The proportion of all annual medical costs that are due to obesity increased from 6.5 percent in 1998 to 9.1 percent in 2006. To address this problem of obesity, CDC has recommended 24 community policy and environmental strategies to prevent obesity. Among the recommendations:
- Improve access to outdoor recreational facilities.
- Enhance infrastructure supporting bicycling.
- Enhance infrastructure supporting walking.
- Support locating schools within easy walking distance of residential areas.
- Improve access to public transportation.
- Zone for mixed-use development.
- Enhance personal safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active.
- Enhance traffic safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active.
Congress for New Urbanism
The leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.
ContextSensitiveSolutions.org The Transportation community's Online Resource Center for Context Sensitive Solutions.
Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in providing a transportation facility that fits its setting. It is an approach that leads to preserving and enhancing scenic, aesthetic, historic, community, and environmental resources, while improving or maintaining safety, mobility, and infrastructure conditions.
Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access - Best Practices Design Guide
A reference created by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide planners, designers, and transportation engineers with a better understanding of how sidewalks and trails should be developed to promote pedestrian access for all users, including people with disabilities.
PBS programs documenting items that may be of interest. Links allow you to watch individual episodes online.
Federal Highway Administration
Planning, Environment, & Realty
A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities
Form-Based Codes Institute
Form-Based Code is a method of regulating development to achieve a specific urban form. Form-based codes create a predictable public realm primarily by controlling physical form, with a lesser focus on land use, through city or county regulations. (See also the link below to the SmartCode)
What makes a great street? Learn through examples from real streets across the country, including street profiles and elements of design. There is even an analysis of town planning and urban design as used in the screen version of “The Music Man” in 1962.
Home Zones are streets where people and vehicles share the road space safely and on equal terms… where quality of life takes precedence over ease of traffic movement.
League of Oregon Cities
A voluntary association representing all of Oregon's 242 incorporated cities.
Main Street Program
Oregon Economic & Community Development Department
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Helping people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.
New Urban news
A professional newsletter for planners, developers, architects, builders, public officials and others who are interested in the creation of human-scale communities.
View Assessor maps statewide.
Pedestrian planning and design guide
A nice alternative reference from a different country.
The New Zealand Transport Agency's guide sets out ways to improve New Zealand’s walking environment. It outlines a process for deciding on the type of provision that should be made for pedestrians and provides design advice and standards.
Blog on walkable urban design and sustainable placemaking.
Planetizen Urban Planning, Design and Development Network.
Planetizen is a clearinghouse of planning-related news articles, commentary and resources.
Project for Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public places that build communities.
The site dedicated to free traffic flow through the design and use of roundabouts. Contains information about design techniques and projects that are in design and already constructed. Many useful links. See also this nice 2-page brochure, All About Roundabouts developed by Washtenaw County, MI.
Safe Routes to School
National Center for Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school.
Safe Routes to School Online Guide
The SmartCode is a model transect-based development code available for all scales of planning, from the region to the community to the block and building.
The SmartCode is a model code that emphasizes a more traditional pedestrian-oriented urban form, while concentrating less on the specific uses that might occupy buildings. The SmartCode can be adapted for a single district, or an entire town.
Smart Growth Online
A service of the Smart Growth Network
Livable Streets Network.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute An independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems.
The benefits of walking—whether for utilitarian or recreational purposes—can be expressed in terms of improved environmental and personal health, reduced traffic congestion, enhanced quality of life, economic rewards, as well as others.