Implementable Planning Book Now Available

Implementable Planning Book Now Available

Proceeds to benefit APA PA Student Scholarship

The “implementable comprehensive plan” approach has become a standard in Pennsylvania. Its introduction by Denny Puko at PA DCED and pioneering by consultant Jim Pashek contributed to a growth in practical and results-oriented planning over the last ten years.

Interest in implementable planning grew mainly by a training course and workbook, scattered printed materials, and word of mouth…until now. A definitive guide is now available: Off the Shelf and Into Action, How to Create an Implementable Comprehensive Plan, written by Jim Pashek and Denny Puko.

Off the Shelf and Into Action authors Jim Pashek (left) and Denny Puko (right) engaging communities in implementable comprehensive plans.

The 127-page book describes five keys for creating an implementable plan. It provides a wealth of ideas and “closer look” stories to stimulate planning that will lead to action and results. According to Pashek, Off the Shelf and Into Action is “the culmination to date of our thoughts as we rolled up our sleeves and engaged in the sometimes messy work of helping communities address their concerns.”

The bottom line, according to the authors? Planners are dissatisfied with the traditional template. Communities want more than a book. There are things planners and communities can do to make comprehensive plans more implementable! Off the Shelf and Into Action provides those ideas.

The authors have agreed to donate proceeds from book sales to the APA Pennsylvania Chapter for scholarships and training. “We didn’t write the book to make money,” said Puko. “We wrote it to provoke new and different thinking about comprehensive plans.”

The price of the book is $30. It may be ordered online at Proceeds to benefit APA PA Student Scholarship.