Top Websites Criteria

The top websites are based on nominations by Planetizen readers and judged against the following criteria.


The top websites are based on nominations by Planetizen readers and judged against the following criteria.

  1. The site should provide a service to the planning and development community.
  2. The site should provide one of the following:
    1. a broad range of information relevant to the national planning and development community;
    2. a particularly strong focus on a particular topic;
    3. an outstanding example of the use of technology for planning and development.
  3. The site should meet minimum basic expectations for design and professionalism.
  4. The site should be available to the general public.
  5. The site should be frequently updated and current.
  6. The site will be evaluated for web accessibility.
HUD’s 2022 Innovative Housing Showcase

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Expanding HUD’s Eviction Protection Grant Program

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New Updates on The Edge

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.