The Smart Growth Network – Smart Growth Strategies

The Smart Growth Network developed a set of 10 basic principles to guide smart growth strategies:

  • Mix land uses.
  • Take advantage of compact building design.
  • Create a range of housing opportunities and choices.
  • Create walkable neighborhoods.
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.
  • Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas.
  • Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.
  • Provide a variety of transportation choices.
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective.
  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions.

The Smart Growth Network’s Getting to Smart Growth series provides 200 policies (Getting to Smart Growth Volume I and Volume II) that communities can consider implementing to make sure that development happens how and where they want it.