The Lean Urbanism Toolkit

Use these free tools in your community

Pink Zone Manual

Pink Zones are areas where Lean Urbanism strategies are implemented. They’re areas where red tape is lightened, where barriers are lowered, where it’s easier, faster, and cheaper to create small businesses and develop small properties. When tested and proven effective, those strategies can be applied to other parts of communities.

Lean Code Tool

Writing a new zoning code is time-consuming, politically fraught with landmines, and therefore unlikely to happen in most places. But with a limited number of strategic adjustments, many zoning codes can be repaired to allow Lean Urbanism and improve or create walkable, livable environments.

The Lean Comp Plan Tool

States require local governments to create comprehensive plans. These are often poorly implemented and can stand in the way of small-scale development. This tool outlines a Lean process for planning staff to reduce the expense of policy development and increase the likelihood that plans will be implemented.

House Hacking Catalog

House hacking allows residents to create wealth and to grow, improve, or preserve their neighborhoods. This tool contains descriptions of the types of buildings, rentals, and construction that make good options for house hacking, plus issues such as financing and finding properties.

Create A Financial Model

New developers should create their own financial models to understand how each variable affects financial performance. This tool walks new developers through a pro forma that is simple enough to create but sophisticated enough to present to investors and lenders.

Lean Financing

Lean development requires both institutional and non-institutional capital sources. This tool explains the motivations, requirements, and techniques for working with non-institutional investors, helping new developers overcome one of the more difficult hurdles.