From the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities

Smart growth communities are compact, walkable communities with a variety of transportation options. Smart growth approaches have been used to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in communities across the country, such as Lancaster, Pennsylvania (pictured here).

A new report from the EPA economic development by making our cities more livable and sustainable. Below is an excerpt that roughly parallels AIA Communities by Design’s 10 Principles for Livable Communities.

Based on the experiences of communities around the nation, the Smart Growth Network developed a set of ten basic principles to guide smart growth strategies:
• Mix land uses.
• Take advantage of compact building design.
• Create a range of housing opportunities and choices.
• Create walkable neighborhoods.
• Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.
• Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas.
• Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.
• Provide a variety of transportation choices.
• Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective.
• Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions. Source: Smart Growth Network. Smart Growth Principles.

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