New Web Resource for Community Planning Set to Launch on Sept. 11, 2011 – 09.11.2011

The online planning toolkit and database, known as the Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange (SCOTie) is a clearinghouse of the latest model smart growth and resource protection plans and policies from rural, amenity, and urban communities across the West.

SCOTie was developed to empower communities to craft policies that fit their local circumstances by providing inspiring examples of best practices from other western communities that preserve local identity, stimulate a healthy economy, and safeguard natural and cultural resources. SCOTie case studies and resources will equip communities with information and tools to become more successful in preserving community character and quality of life.

SCOTie can be found at or at

SCOTie will be showcased at the Four Corners Conference in Santa Fe, NM September 11-14, 2011. Conference participants will have the opportunity to view a live demonstration and tutorial on how to use SCOTie.


WHAT:  Launch of Successful Communities Online Toolkit

WHEN:  September 11, 2011

WHERE:  Four Corners APA Conference – La Fonda Resort, Santa Fe, NM

Western Lands and Communities is a partnership of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute, and is focused on shaping growth, sustaining cities, protecting resources, and empowering communities in the intermountain West. We address these challenges through research, tool development, demonstration projects, engaging policy makers, and education.

Western Lands & Communities works to inform policy in the western U.S. through regional land use planning that effectively improves the management of public and state lands, and integrates land-use planning with conservation values, open space, transportation, water and energy infrastructure.