Smart Growth Guiding Principles:

In general, smart growth is defined around a list of ten principles. These include:


  • Provide a variety of transportation choices.

  • Mix land uses.

  • Create a range of housing opportunities and choices.

  • Create walkable neighborhoods.

  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration.

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

  • Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective.

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

  • Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.

  • Adopt compact building patterns and efficient infrastructure design.


Coming Soon!  Learn more about these principles in our best practices matrix.

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