Smart growth planning asks and answers the question, “How and where should we grow?” Following the success and demand of Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Getting to Implementation, this new report produced by the Smart Growth Network provides 100 more ways to examine key smart growth principles, and offers new policy recommendations to encourage communities to incorporate smart growth practices in their planning efforts. It is more specific than the first report and incorporates case studies and individual programs, along with practice and finance tips. Community planners and local leaders can use the report to further broaden their pool of smart growth resources for local implementation.
Smart growth planning efforts have dramatically risen in recent years, with 26 percent growth occurring in a one-year span. The reason is that it fosters economic and residential development to create healthy, accessible, and walkable communities. This report highlights ways that livability and sustainability strengthens communities in general.
Other report highlights include:
- Financial Tips: this section is a new addition from the first report, offering planners and local leaders’ ways to fund smart growth efforts.
- Division: The report covers smart growth principle application in projects and policies along ten divisions: Mix Land Uses, Taking Advantage of Compact Building Design, Create a Range of Housing Opportunities and Choices, Create Walkable Communities, Foster Distinctive and Attractive Communities with a Strong Sense of Place, Preserve Open Space, Strengthen and Direct Development Toward Existing Communities, Provide a Variety of Transportation Options, Make Cost Effective and Fair Development Decisions, and Encourage Community and Stakeholder Collaboration. This division allows planners and leaders to discover and address their unique local issues quickly and effectively.
- Specifics: The report is particularly effective in its specificity. For example, the utilization of revolving loan funds for historic preservation coupled with examples, including the New Jersey Historic Trust and Pittsburgh’s History and Landmark Foundation, helps the reader know what is available, how it is best used, and where it has been effective.
How to Use
Planners, local officials, developers, and community leaders can use this report to deepen their understanding and application of smart growth principles, and broaden possibilities for smart growth initiatives. This report is an excellent resource that provides helpful examples, case studies, recommendations, and practice and financial tips for the implementation of smart growth practices that will enhance local livability and sustainability for all ages.