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Ahwahnee Principles
Abstract: How to make communities more livable and environmentally sensitive. Links to an article reprinted from Western Cities Magazine describing implementation of these principles.
Source: Local Government Commission

Albuquerque 2000 Progress Report
Abstract: Information on preliminary sustainable growth measures as well as goals for a city, including future indicators.
Source: The City of Albuquerque

American Planning Association (APA)
Abstract: The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.
Source: American Planning Association

Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania
Abstract: This report contends that the economic future of a major rust belt state depends on revitalizing its demographic mix and curbing some of the nation's most radical patterns of sprawl and abandonment. Above all, the study reveals that Pennsylvania's highly decentralized growth patterns are weakening the state's established communities, undercutting the very places whose assets the state needs to compete in the knowledge economy.
Source: The Brookings Institution

Best Practices in Natural Hazards Planning and Mitigation
Abstract: Addresses challenges facing local elected officials and staff in Colorado to reconcile new growth and development in areas that are subject to a variety of natural hazard threats.
Source: Smart Growth Colorado

Building a Framework for a New Century
Abstract: From a report by the President's Council on Sustainable Development. It makes a case that future social progress requires that the United States broaden its commitment to environmental protection to embrace the essential components of sustainable development: environmental health, economic prosperity, and social equity and well-being. Includes how sustainable development can have market incentives.
Source: President's Council on Sustainable Development

Building Alternatives for Public Projects: A Smart Growth Approach [PDF]
Abstract: In depth review of how communities can develop a process for green building, why traditional buildings and communities consume so much, and case studies showing alternatives to sprawl and environmental degradation.
Source: University of Wisconsin Extension Service

Creating Great Neighborhoods
Abstract: Building great neighborhoods through planned density is a practical approach to growth that is being used in diverse places across the country. There is an increasing recognition nationwide that density is an integral component to creating neighborhoods that offer convenience, value and a high quality of life.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Discovering Common Ground [PDF]
Abstract: Summarizes steps that state and local governmental agencies can implement to decelerate sprawl and damaging development in western states.
Source: Tellus Instutite

EPA Smart Grwoth
Abstract: EPA helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love.
Source: EPA

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation [PDF]
Abstract: To address the gap between recognizing the benefits of Smart Growth and developing and implementing policies to achieve it.
Source: Smart Growth Network

Livable Tucson Goals: Highlighted Projects
Abstract: Listing of highlighted projects toward attaining managed growth.
Source: City of Tucson

Local Goverment Commission (LGC)
Abstract: The Local Government Commission assists local governments in establishing and nurturing the key elements of livable communities, including: a healthier human and natural environment; a more sustainable economy; an actively engaged populace; and an equitable society.
Source: Local Goverment Commission

National Association of Counties (NACo)
Abstract: The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. ACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.
Source: National Association of Counties

New Community Design to the Rescue
Abstract: A four part report explaining how states and communities can encourage New Community Design, i.e. mixed-use, mixed-income, walkable development by eliminating institutional barriers in the marketplace.
Source: National Governor's Association

Orienting Urban Planning to Sustainability in Curitiba, Brazil [PDF]
Abstract: Curitiba, perhaps the best planned city in Brazil and an international model for sustainable development, is more than simply the result of a few successful projects. The city's achievements are the result of strategic, integrated urban planning. This overarching strategy informs all aspects of urban planning, including social, economic and environmental programs.
Source: The International Council for Local Environmental Issues

Our Built and Natural Environments [PDF]
Abstract: A technical review of the interactions between land use, transportation, and environmental quality.
Source: EPA

Paying the Costs of Sprawl
Abstract: Using fair-share costing to control sprawl.
Source: Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development

Planners Network
Abstract: Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems.
Source: Planners Network

Planning and Development Services
Abstract: The Planning Department and portions of the Public Works Department have come together to form Planning and Development Services (P & DS). P & DS is a service area that was formed to support its customers and the delivery of services. The P&DS Services Center provides customers with building and construction permits and applications, GIS mapping services, development review, inspections, licensing environmental and zoning enforcement, long range planning, and historic preservation.
Source: City of Boulder

Planning for Smart Growth: 2002 State of the States
Abstract: Smart growth measures are most successful in states where planning statutes have been modernized. APA's new report, Planning for Smart Growth: 2002 State of the States, tracks each state's level of success.
Source: APA

Policy Guide on Smart Growth
Abstract: A step by step guide to help readers understand and implement smart growth policies.
Source: American Planning Association

Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment
Abstract: UNDPs Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment (PPPUE) facility supports the development of innovative partnerships between public and private actors at the local level. Focusing on assisting small and medium-sized cities, PPPUE works with all potential stakeholders, including investors, providers, regulators, users, and experts to meet the challenge of providing basic urban environmental services.
Source: United Nations Development Program

Smart Growth for Tennessee Towns and Counties: A Process Guide
Abstract: Report on methods, tools and procedures of smart growth efforts in TN. Includes 6 models/case studies.
Source: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Smart Growth Network
Abstract: Definition and explanation of smart growth including references to principles and issues.
Source: Smart Growth Network

Smart Growth Overview
Abstract: Smart growth recognizes connections between urban development and quality of life.
Source: Smarth Growth Network

Smart Growth Resource Library
Abstract: A searchable catalogue of reports, websites, tools and case studies dating from 1997 until today; on Smart Growth.
Source: Smart Growth Network

Suburban Sprawl and Community Design
Abstract: Why community design is a good option.
Source: Great Lakes Bulletin

Ten Principles for Reinventing America's Suburban Business Districts
Abstract: Social and market trends offer the potential to transform America?s more than 200 suburban business districts into more vibrant, pedestrian friendly live-work-shop places, making them the emerging focus of smart growth. Currently, such reinvented places are in short supply. This report suggests ways to increase suburband livability.
Source: Urban Land Institute

Ten Principles for Reinventing America's Suburban Strips
Abstract: During three days of intensive study of three strips in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, teams of planning and development experts from around the country toured and studied three very different suburban strips. The teams were made up of leading commercial developers, public planners, architects, economic consultants, transportation specialists, and property advisers. ULI teams were assigned to each strip and given the following tasks: identify the critical issues and challenges that strips face; determine the most effective ways to reinvent strips to ensure their long-term competitive position; and set strategic principles to guide suburban planners and developers in this effort. These principles were consolidated and refined by the three teams so they could be applied universally to all types of suburban strip development.
Source: Urban Land Institute

Ten Steps to Sustainability
Abstract: Lists important criteria for launching successful sustainability programs, with links.
Source: Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development

The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan - Boulder, Colorado
Abstract: Since 1970, the city of Boulder and Boulder County have jointly adopted a comprehensive plan that guides land use decisions in the Boulder Valley. The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan is a tool designed to protect the natural environment of the Boulder Valley while fostering a livable, vibrant and sustainable community.
Source: City and County of Boulder, Colorado

The Treasure Valley Partnership Agreement - 2000
Abstract: Formal document outlining community partnership goals in Idaho.
Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors

Utah's Quality Growth Commission
Abstract: In order to address the challenges and opportunities growth brings to Utah, the Legislature passed the Quality Growth Act of 1999. This Act directed the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget to provide administrative support to the Utah Quality Growth Commission.
Source: Utah's Quality Growth Commission


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