Joe contributes articles to City Vision, the magazine of the Association of Washington Cities.
His latest, "Citizen Engagement in Land Use Decision-Making," is in the March/April 2013 issue.
CityVision Article
Joe is a "Planning Advisor" writing articles for the Municipal Research and Services Center.

From November, 2013 - "From Vision to Reality - implementing your Comprehensive Plan." is linked here
From January, 2013 - "Planning and the Art of Planning Commission Maintenance" is linked here
From February, 2012 - "Planning for the Recovery" is linked here ]
Joe has also written a number of Opinion Editorial pieces for the Seattle Times on a variety of planning related topics:

Staying livable: Fight sprawl by keeping growth in urban centers
By Joseph W. Tovar
"My favorite part of every return flight home is when the plane passes high over the shoulder of Mount Rainier. Far below unfolds a landscape of forests, river valleys, lakes, cities, towns and farms. At its center lies Puget Sound, a shimmering inland sea, artery of life, highway of commerce and namesake of this region . . ."
Read complete OpEd here.

Committing to a shared vision of a future worth having
By Joseph W. Tovar
"My daughter's commencement last summer at Qwest Field was a time to think about the past and ponder the future. As Seattle University's Class of 2007 was filing in, I gazed far to the south to Mount Rainier, floating cloudlike on the horizon . . ."
Read complete OpEd here.

Close loopholes in the Growth Management Act

By Joseph W. Tovar
"For several decades, we have relied upon state laws to sustain the quality of life in the Central Puget Sound region, even in the face of dramatic population and economic growth. Washington's Growth Management Act (GMA) and Shoreline Management Act (SMA) have directed city and county governments to conserve farm and forestlands, protect life and property from natural hazards, and safeguard the health of rivers, lakes and Puget Sound itself. However, even with these laws on the books, there is mounting evidence that "business as usual" is not working . . ."
Read complete OpEd here.