Planning in the National Capital Area

The National Capital Area has a wealth of planning related resources serving communities, decision-makers, and professionals alike. Check them out:


Planning Agencies in the National Capital Area

Planning Organizations and Think Tanks in the National Capital Area

  • Brookings Institute – Think tank whose research areas include Metropolitan Areas, Economics, and Global Development
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Saving the Bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration.
  • Coalition for Smarter Growth – Dedicated to making the case for walkable, inclusive, and transit-oriented communities, and the land use and transportation policies and investments needed to make those communities flourish in the Washington D.C. region.
  • International City/County Management Association – The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – A resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land.
  • Mobility Lab – Leading U.S. voice of “transportation demand management” – moving people instead of cars.
  • National Building Museum – Devoted to the history and impact of the built environment.
  • National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education – Leading Smart Growth research center at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy  – Non-profit organization whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
  • Smart Growth America – Advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods.
  • Transportation Research Board – Engages professionals worldwide in a broad range of interdisciplinary, multimodal activities to lay the foundation for innovative transportation solutions.
  • Trust for Public Land – National nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places.
  • Urban Land Institute — Multidisciplinary real estate forum that facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.



Planning Blogs

  • OPinions – The blog of the D.C. Office of Planning; a place for exploration and dialogue about the urban environment.
  • PlanItMetro – Metro’s planning blog (WMATA)
  • The Straight Line – the blog of the Montgomery County Planning Department
  • Greater Greater Washington – Devoted to improving the vitality of Washington, D.C. and the walkable cities and communities in the Washington metropolitan area.
  • BeyondDC – Urbanism, transportation, and development in the Washington, DC region.
  • Just Up the Pike – Planning, development, and transportation in Montgomery County
  • Streetsblog DC – Federal transportation and land use policy across the country.
  • Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space – Land use, transportation, economic development, and placemaking in the Washington, D.C. region and beyond.
  • The Wash Cycle  – Cycle advocacy in the Nation’s Capital