Our planning toolkit offers a wide variety of techniques and policies that promote Smart Growth principles.
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Brownfield Redevelopment: Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties that are often contaminated from past use.
Green Building Standards: Simple building code fixes in can create building stock that uses less energy, manages stormwater better and provides healthier air quality.
Accessory Dwelling Units: Additional living space on the same property is perfect for aging parents, college students and other tenants.
Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban & Suburban Zoning Codes: This 2009 EPA publication provides a strategy for local governments to use when examining their zoning codes for sustainability principles.
Form-Based Codes: An alternative to traditional use-based zoning.
LEED-Neighborhood Development: A ranking program by the US Green Building Council to identify and award development that promotes sustainability.
Transit Oriented Development: A planning process for areas around new and existing transit is essential.
Zoning Ordinances: Allow local governments to control the use and development of properties in their jurisdiction.
Scenario Planning: A tool to visualize the forces that impact long-term development and growth.
Agricultural Security Areas: A way to legally protect farms and agricultural uses.
Clustered Subdivisions: Preserve open space by concentrating development in one area of a tract and leaving the rest as green space.
Official Map Ordinance: Show where public improvements and infrastructure investments will occur in the future.
Access Management: Controls how cars enter and exit a roadway.
Complete Streets Policy: Transportation policies that require consideration of all modes of travel.
Impact Fees: Allow local governments to assess improvement costs to serve new developments and pass them on to the developer.
Traffic Calming: A variety of strategies to slow traffic and alert drivers to the presence of other transportation modes.
Walkability - A Short Guide: Walkable communities can improve a community's character, equity and access.