The Lincoln Institute’s Toolkits provide policymakers, practitioners and students with practical case studies, model representations, and best practices relating to planning and management, property taxation and valuation, and visualization.  

Visualizing Density

The American Dream of a single-family home on its own expanse of yard still captures the imagination. But with 100 million more people expected in the United States by 2050, rising energy and transportation costs, disappearing farmland and open space, and the clear need for greater energy efficiency and reduced global warming emissions, the future built environment must include more density.

Regional Collaboration

Many of today’s most compelling land use, natural resource, and environmental issues—such as climate change, land use, water allocation, and landscape conservation—require people and institutions to work across jurisdictional lines and other boundaries. There is no single model for regional collaboration, no universal approach that works in all situations. But the principles and tools within this toolkit can help guide your work across boundaries. The best efforts are homegrown, tailoring the principles and tools to suit the issue at hand and the unique needs and interests of each region.

Visual Tools for Planners

This toolkit provides planners with an expanded set of tools for communicating planning ideas. The examples emphasize visual representation of planning information. The representations are organized into four general topics: 1) physical place, 2) relationships and movements of persons and their relationships to each other in prior and newly emerging communities, 3) the economy of individual firms and regional and global transformations and disruptions, and 4) terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems including river and coastal hydrology, production landscapes, and global warming.

Resolving Land Use Disputes

As land becomes increasingly valuable, tensions among competing interests have become common. This tool provides consensus building techniques and case studies.  

Community Land Trusts

This toolkit provides information on community land trusts for community-based organizations already involved in the business of community land trusts and for those who want to adopt the community land trusts model.

Capacity Building for the Property Tax in Brazil

A program designed to assist Brazil’s more than 5,600 municipalities in their fiscal administration of the property tax and to provide training on issues associated with property valuation and tax assessment.

Visioning and Visualization

An extensive exploration of the Kona, Hawaii, case study highlighted in the Lincoln Institute’s publication Visioning and Visualization: People, Pixels, and Plans.