RESOURCES

An example of mixed use land

MIXED LAND USE

Mixed land uses brings homes, schools, parks, and businesses together. This type of development supports businesses, improves safety, and enhances the vitality of an area.

An example of compact design, tall building with flora growing out of the balcony

COMPACT DESIGN

Compact design means making more efficient use of land that has already been developed. Encouraging development to grow up, rather than out, is one way to do this.

A promanade, an example of walkable streets

WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

Walkable places are created by mixing land uses and taking advantage of compact design and are activated by smart street design that makes walking safe and convenient.

A town square, an example of place making

PLACEMAKING

Areas that incorporate natural features, historic structures, and public art can help distinguish a place and support a vibrant community for current and future residents.

A park and pond, examples of open spaces

OPEN SPACES

Preserving open spaces like wetlands, parks, fields, forests, and farms is both an environmental issue and an economic issue. Preserving open spaces can also make communities more resilient.

A series of color buildings, an example of smart density

SMART DENSITY

Developing within existing communities—rather than on undeveloped land—maximizes investments we’ve already made in public infrastructure while strengthening local tax bases.

Train station, an example of transportation

TRANSPORTATION & PARKING

A variety of transportation choices—public transportation, safe walking and biking, and well-maintained roads and bridges— helps communities improve the lives of their residents.

People at a presentation, an example of community involvement

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Smart growth is not possible without the perspective of everyone with a vested interest in our city. Smart growth is about building a future for a community that everyone can participate in.

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