Thursday, July 29, 2010
Oftentimes, smart growth and sustainable development topics focus primarily on urban settings. After all, those are the areas that issues like walkability, mixed use, and transit-oriented development are most prevalent.
Even so, the domain of smart growth land use principles is not limited to downtowns, main streets, and central business districts.
In fact, the ICMA recently released a report entitled “Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities."
I've scanned the study and it looks quite interesting. Here is more:
This report focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities. These strategies are based around three central goals: 1) support the rural landscape by creating an economic climate that enhances the viability of working lands and conserves natural lands; 2) help existing places to thrive by taking care of assets and investments such as downtowns, Main Streets, existing infrastructure, and places that the community values; and 3) create great new places by building vibrant, enduring neighborhoods and communities that people, especially young people, don’t want to leave.Chad Emerson, Faulkner U.