This Legislative Guidebook contains model statutes for planning and the management of change. The statutes are intended as an update to and rethinking of the Standard City Planning and Zoning Enabling Acts drafted by an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1920s ("Standard Acts"), and the American Law Institute's A Model Land Development Code (1976), as well as other model statutes.
Wherever possible, the Guidebook presents alternative approaches to drafting statutes. Commentary typically precedes the statutory models. The commentary provides background about the topic that is the focus of the statute, describes the pros and cons of the legislative alternatives, and makes suggestions concerning implementation. In places, the commentary directs the reader, through footnotes and special research notes, to relevant state and federal statutes, books, reports, and articles. The research notes detail subjects addressed by the model statutes.