Smart Growth

What is Smart Growth? Smart growth is an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, preservation of historic buildings and landmarks, preservation of open spaces and community engagement. The 10 principles below are considered the foundation of a smart growth approach.

1. Mix land uses

2. Take advantage of compact design

3. Create a range of housing

opportunities and choices

4.Create Walkable Neighborhoods

5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place

6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas

7. Direct development towards existing communities

8. Provide a variety of transportation choices

9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective

10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

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