SMART GROWTH PRINCIPLES Spend wisely

Some commonly accepted Smart Growth Principles encourage mixed land use development Promote compact building designs Create a range of housing opportunities and choices Build walkable neighborhoods Foster unique, attractive communities with a sense of place Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities Provide a variety…

SMART GROWTH TOOLS Use with care

Smart growth theory becomes practice through redevelopment strategies and zoning policies that channel housing and job growth into urban centers and neighborhood business districts. They create compact, walkable, and bike- and transit-friendly hubs. This typically requires local governments to implement code changes that allow for increased density and relaxed parking regulations that not only eliminate…

SMART GROWTH TRANSPORTATION Transit plays a key role in Smart Growth neighborhoods

The relationship between housing and transportation is key to creating smart growth neighborhoods because the goal is to reduce families overall housing and transportation costs. Statistics indicate the average American family spends more than 50% of their household budget on housing and transportation combined. Smart growth strategies can help families reduce these combined costs. Smart…

SMART GROWTH ECONOMY Create neighborhoods that are unique and appealing

Smart growth proponents see opportunities in the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned properties and brownfields sites.  We observe that as development gets pushed further out from the core of our cities to the fringe of town,  our main streets and central neighborhoods are often left neglected. There is enormous economic development potential in these abandoned storefronts…