Smart growth has been defined as land use policy that covers a range of development and conservation strategies that help protect our natural environment and make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and more socially diverse. Smart growth values long-range, regional considerations of sustainability over a short-term focus. Its goals are to achieve a unique sense of community and place; expand the range of transportation, employment, and housing choices; equitably distribute the costs and benefits of development; preserve and enhance natural and cultural resources; and promote public health. Historic preservation plays an important part in achieving Smart Growth.
While these examples of policies are widely applicable, state enabling laws for planning and zoning vary from state to state. Local government officials and others considering these tools should consult with knowledgeable legal authorities in their jurisdictions while examining the recommended policies.
For more information on these topics visit the National Trust's Main Street website.
Smart Growth Toolkit
The National Trust's Smart Growth Toolkit provides you with several progressive smart growth tools to combat sprawl while preserving the uniqueness and economic health of your town.
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