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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Super List of Planning Jargon

    Inspired by office conversations and this thread

    We need a list of all the words or phrases in planning.

    List the ones that are used the most, liked the least, over-used but necessary, mis-used, etc.

    I'll start:

    Proactive
    Fasttrack
    Bulk regulations
    Aesthetically pleasing

    After a while I'll get them into a list.

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    I hate synergy, synergize, synergistic...hate, hate, hate.

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    PARADIGM !!!
    Smart Growth
    New Urbanism
    Big Box
    McMansions
    Creative Class . . .

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    Urban Sprawl
    Certificate of Appropriateness

    I truly dis-like the former because the sprawl is less dense than urban development, thus it cannot be urban. It is sub-urban sprawl (I use the hyphen to accent that it is "less than" urban sprawl). I dis-like the latter because is is pretentious and mealy-mouthed.
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    This is way, way trivial, but the good ones have been taken!

    Overall, I hate "verbing" good nouns: "prioritize" and the like. "Utilize" is the worst-why not just utilize "use"?

    I also hate the term "signage"

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    This is such a good thread for me. As you all know Planning Jargon always excites me

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    woids

    Impact, impacting
    Final Plat (If its a Plat, of course its final.)
    mitigate
    community character
    rural character (Who are all these characters?)
    up-scale
    WALSTIB

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    Re: woids

    Originally posted by Tom R
    mitigate
    What an overused piece of legalese this word has become. When someone says, “mitigate,” I always think the worst. I expect to hear things like, “if you let us build in the wetlands and kill that species we will “mitigate” it by building a new lake that no one can use (ie drainage basin)”!
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    engage, engagement
    close proximity
    interoperability
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Originally posted by Planner Groupie
    This is such a good thread for me. As you all know Planning Jargon always excites me
    SPDES, baby!

    ...anything abbreviated and pronounceable
    Information necessitating a change of design will be conveyed to the designer after and only after the design is complete. (Often called the 'Now They Tell Us' Law) - Fyfe's First Law of Revision

    We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans. -- George W. Bush , Scranton, PA -- 09/06/2000

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    Ordinance
    Integral
    Accessible
    LRV (Light Reflectance Value)
    EIFS (Exerior Insulation Finish System)
    Scale (esp. pedestrian)
    District/Zone
    Sight Vision Triangles

    EDIT: Added words to acronyms.
    Last edited by ludes98; 06 Jan 2004 at 10:08 AM.

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    Bike/ped

    God, if I EVER have to go to another stupid metro BIKE/PED meeting I will take my own set of razor blades and end it all right there.

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    My list includes

    streetscape
    PPP (public private partnerships)
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    "Sight Vision Triangles"

    Cite Mr. X for an improper sight triangle on his site.

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    Some economic development terms

    TIF, or verbed as in "TIF it" or "TIFfed-out" (tax increment financing)
    Downtown Revitalization
    Urban Renewal
    LMI (low- and moderate-income)
    Section 42 (LMI housing tax credit)
    turn-key
    Enterprise Zone

    Planning terms:

    senior-only
    development constraint

    Some terms about roads:

    Street width "back-to-back" or "face-to-face"
    TWLTL (two-way left turn lane, or "suicide lane")
    traffic calming
    design speed
    ADT (average daily traffic)
    Last edited by Cardinal; 06 Jan 2004 at 11:35 AM.

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    Acronyms

    Not to be nit-picky, but if you are going to add acronyms, then you should say what they mean or at least list the words that make-up the acronym.

    As in the following from donk:

    PPP (public private partnerships)

    thanks

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    Second "utilize."

    I wrote an entire zoning code that does not use the word "shall." Planners love "shall," for some reason," when "must" or "will" can be used.

    Planners also love "said" and repeating numbers, as in "Said freestanding signage shall not exceed six (6) feet in height." Why not say "Freestanding signs may be up to 6' high."?

    I've also heard "501 (c) (3)" in place of "nonprofit organizations."

    Just as Indian English tends to be stilted and formal ("You will display the sign at a height of no more than six feet above the grade, please."), and Australian English very informal ("No bloody signies above two meters, mate!"), American English tends to be pretentious. Why say in three or four words what can be said using six or seven very fancy words?

    Someday, surf around and check out plannig terminology in other English-speaking countries. Where will you find land subdivided into erfs? What countries call billboards hoardings? Where are yards called gardens?
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    shall

    on the advice of a number of corporation councils, the legal use of the word shall is more binding that other terms and I've been highly encouraged to use it.

    Otherwise, i hate shall. I think I'll begin to use shalt

    "Thou sign shalt be no more than twenty times the length of King George III's outstretched foot lest the petitioner be pummeled with stones."
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    shall

    There is a KY Court of Appeals ruling that the word "shall" is permissive rather than mandatory...

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    Originally posted by mike gurnee
    shall

    There is a KY Court of Appeals ruling that the word "shall" is permissive rather than mandatory...
    Interesting. I have always thought thar "must" has a very clear meaning, and shall use that word from now on. I wonder sometimes if the attorneys don't just push the language so that it is difficult for most people to read (and therefore, they need attorneys).

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    Originally posted by Cardinal
    I wonder sometimes if the attorneys don't just push the language so that it is difficult for most people to read (and therefore, they need attorneys).
    Hey, that's one of their secrets. Don't go spreading the money-making tips around like that, Cardinal, lest some lowly planner-types figure out how to get rich...

    I have read definitions that state that PERSON means "a single individual or any group of individuals". It absolutely is not plural. Drives me crazy.

    Our Zoning Ordinance states the following -- " . . . the word'SHALL' is to be considered as mandatory". I use it all the time.
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    What about the terms used to describe the piece of public right-of-way generally located between the sidewalk and the curb? It's called something different everywhere I go. When I worked in Iowa, it was called the "parking" or "parking strip." In the Chicago suburbs, we called it the "parkway." In Michigan, it was referred to as the "boulevard." What do you call it where you work? And why can't we settle on a universal term for it?

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    name

    In Ohio its a Devil Strip. Don't ask why.
    WALSTIB

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    Street terrace, or simply, terrace.

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