Smart Growth Principles

Where and how we grow affects our community and our natural resources. Smart Growth principles help guide new growth in communities in a sustainable fashion by implementing sound land use principles.

What Smart Growth “Is” And “Is Not”

  1. Mix land uses
  2. Take advantage of compact building design
  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  4. Create walk-able neighborhoods
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  7. Strengthen and 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

Source: Smart Growth America