Smart Growth Issues
Smart growth is growth that addresses the connections between land development and environmental protection, social equity, public health, and economic vitality. Smart growth can be achieved by reforming existing laws and regulations that do not meet the needs of the way we live today. Explore the topics below to learn more about the issues.
- Planning and Governance
Land-use decisions involve multiple inter-related issues and rarely respect political boundaries. Achieving smart growth outcomes requires coordinating land-use decision-making across multiple issue areas and across political jurisdictions.
- Development and Redevelopment
With limited amount of greenfield land left that is appropriate for development, redevelopment in existing communities with existing infrastructure is going to be the dominant form of growth.
- Environment and Agriculture
Policies aimed at preserving our natural resources, keeping our air clean and our water safe, maintaining our open spaces and ensuring that our farmland remains fertile and productive have impacts that go far beyond protecting the environment and sustaining agriculture.
Transportation and land use are inextricably linked. Transportation investments and policies influence development patterns, and development patterns shape travel patterns.