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Urban Environment Research Seminar: Master Plans

What are Master Plans?

Master plans (also called "land use" plans, or "comprehensive plans") are long-term land use and infrastructure plans for a community's future growth and development. They usually include analysis of the community's current state, and proposals for land use, housing, transportation, facilities, recreation areas, etc.

Land Use Regulations

From Traditional to Reformed: A Review of the Land Use Regulations in the Nation's 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas. August 2006
Report by Rolf Pendall, Robert Puentes, and Jonathan Martin. A Brookings Insitution Research Brief.

New Jersey Master Plans

New Jersey Master Plans
List of New Jersey Master Plans available in the Sinclair New Jersey Collection of the Special Collections and University Archives, located in the Rutgers Alexander Library in New Brunswick.
Newark Master Plans

Other Master Plans and Planning Reports

New York Neighborhood Master Plans
The Urban Reviewer is a comprehensive online map showing all the adopted neighborhood master plans for New York City since 1949.
Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Histories, Plans and Futures
Over 85 Philadelphia City Planning Commission Reports prepared from 1946 to 1990.
Master Plan of Residential Land Use of Chicago
Chicago, Ill., Chicago Plan Commission, 1943.
Planning the Region of Chicago
Chicago, Chicago Regional Planning Association, 1956.
Baltimore Urban Renewal Plans
Local Government Planning Reports Online: Michigan Cities
Michigan State University guide.
City of Cincinnati Master Plans: 1925-2012
Central Business District Study: Revelopment and Land Use and Space Use
Dayton, Ohio. City Plan Board. 2 vols. 1959.

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