Smart Growth

Consciously-planned community growth that creates a higher quality of life for all stakeholders. Smart growth requires a collaboration of perspectives, disciplines, and stakeholders. These principles can also be applied to organizations in the pursuit of growth that creates a better organization for all involved. Smart growth principles include:

  • Directing development toward existing communities (vs. new developments)
  • Preserving open space, farmland, natural beauty, critical environmental areas and historic and pre-historic resources
  • Mixing uses for land and buildings
  • Pursuing compact building design
  • Offering a range of housing opportunities
  • Creating walkable neighborhoods
  • Creating a diversity of appealing neighborhoods with a strong sense of place
  • Providing for a variety of transportation choices
  • Considering short-term and long-term public health concerns
  • Encouraging community and stakeholder collaboration

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