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EPA National Community Recognition Program - Question 1

Our community has defined a mission and a goal for advancing smart growth principles.

Background

Defining your community’s smart growth goals begins with a clear understanding of smart growth principles. Smart growth is development that contributes to a cleaner and healthier environment, creates jobs and business opportunities to strengthen the economy, and expands a neighborhood’s housing and transportation options. A community that considers smart growth principles focuses on how and where their community can accommodate new development. A community should determine its smart growth goals at a local level based on the overarching tenants of smart growth principles, but below are a few examples of actions that can guide your community’s smart growth mission:

Getting Started

Identifying a mission and goals within a community should begin with an inclusive process that incorporates concerned stakeholders. A clear sense of the principles of smart growth should be established, with focus then turning to the relevant application to your local community. The product of the process should be a written mission and/or goals
that are specific in scope, have measurable or quantifiable outcomes, and can be achieved within a realistic and definable time period, whether it be long-term or short-term.

Initiate the process by determining a clear sense of your community’s priorities and its vision for the future, then begin outlining the necessary goals and actions to make the vision a reality.

Internet Resources on Establishing Mission and Setting Goals

The Community Toolbox
An Overview of Strategic Planning
http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/section_1085.htm Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

Appalachian Regional Commission
Practical Planning Models
http://www.arc.gov/program_areas/PracticalPlanningModels.asp

Local Government Commission
20 questions local leaders can ask their staffs relative to making their communities more livable, healthy and economically successful.
http://www.lgc.org/freepub/community_design/guides/20_questions.html  Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

Envision Utah
Case study for successful regional visioning
http://www.envisionutah.org/introduction.phtml  Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

Internet Resources on Advancing Smart Growth

State of Massachusetts
Smart Growth Toolkit
http://www.mass.gov/envir/smart_growth_toolkit/index.html

Smart Growth Online
About Smart Growth
http://www.smartgrowth.org/about/default.asp  Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

The Orton Family Foundation
A variety of tools to aid Smart Growth Planning
http://www.smartgrowthtools.org/index.php Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

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