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If you have any problems accessing these documents, please call EPA's Smart Growth Program at 202-566-2878 or email smartgrowth@epa.gov

For a quick list of our most popular publications, see Free Smart Growth Publications from EPA and Smart Growth Network Partners (PDF) (6 pp, 1.2K, About PDF)
2013. Hard copies are available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-F-06-008.


Smart Growth Essentials

Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (2nd Edition)
2013. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling 800-490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-13-001.
Examines how development patterns affect the environment and human health and provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies can reduce development impacts.
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Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development
2013. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-10-005.
Provides a menu of land use and community design strategies that bring together smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development principles and that community-based organizations, local and regional decision-makers, developers, and others can use to revitalize their communities.

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities
2010. International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-10-003.
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.
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This Is Smart Growth
2006. International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-06-002.
Illustrates how communities can turn their values, visions, and aspirations into reality, using smart growth techniques to improve development. Features 40 places around the country, from cities to suburbs to small towns to rural areas, that have found success by implementing smart growth principles.
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Así es el desarrollo inteligente (This Is Smart Growth) (PDF) (32 pp, 3MB, About PDF)
"This Is Smart Growth" translated into Spanish.
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National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
This award program recognizes communities that use the principles of smart growth to create better places. Hard copies of the following are available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9199.
2013 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 4.69MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-F-14-001
2012 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 1.9 MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-12-002
2011 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 1.6 MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-11-002
2010 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 1.65 MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-10-001
2009 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 4.07MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-09-002
2008 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 1.63MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-08-001
2007 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 1MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-07-001
2006 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 2.8MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-06-004
2005 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 848K, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-K-05-001
2004 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 2.4MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-F-04-001
2003 Winners (PDF) (20 pp, 2.4MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-F-03-002
2002 Winners (PDF) (16 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF) Publication Number EPA 231-F-02-002

Turning Bases Into Great Places: New Life for Closed Military Facilities
2006. A look at the challenges facing communities following the closing of a military base and solutions for turning those facilities into valuable assets.
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Creating Great Neighborhoods: Density in Your Community
2003. Local Government Commission, EPA, National Association of Realtors.
Highlights nine community-led efforts to create vibrant neighborhoods through density, discusses the connections between smart growth and density, and introduces design principles to ensure that density becomes a community asset. - Grant Product

Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation
2003. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-R-05-002.
Volume 2 of this ongoing series by ICMA and the Smart Growth Network describes the concrete techniques of putting the ten smart growth principles into practice.
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Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation
2002. Smart Growth Network and International City/County Management Association. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-R-05-001.
A road map for states and communities that have recognized the need for smart growth, but are unclear on how to achieve it. Provides 100 policy ideas, along with additional resources and brief case studies of communities that have applied these approaches to achieve better development.
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Cómo Alcanzar el Desarrollo Inteligente (Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation)
"Getting to Smart Growth" translated into Spanish.
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Cómo Alcanzar el Desarrollo Inteligente, II: 100 Políticas Adicionales Para Su Implementación (Getting to Smart Growth, Volume II)
"Getting to Smart Growth, Volume II" translated into Spanish.
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Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection
2001. National Neighborhood Coalition and Smart Growth Network.
Uses case studies to illustrate strategies that can foster affordable housing and smart growth.
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Why Smart Growth: A Primer (PDF) (44 pp, 470K, About PDF)
1998. International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network.
Offers a description of the environmental, economic, social, and governmental costs of growth.
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Best Development Practices: A Primer for Smart Growth (PDF) (36 pp, 1.7MB, About PDF)
1998. Ewing, Reid and Robert Hodder. International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network.
Describes land use practices that create attractive communities, offer more transportation choices, and protect the environment.
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HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments (PDF) (24 pp, 17.9 MB, About PDF) Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments (PDF) (Reduced Size) (24 pp, 4.34 MB, About PDF) – This report commemorating the fifth anniversary of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.

Maryland Clean Water State Revolving Fund Sustainable Communities Pilot Project Report (PDF) (15 pp, 227 K, About PDF)
2012. Decisions about where to provide public wastewater infrastructure affect development patterns and influence where and how a community will grow. This report describes how EPA worked with Maryland's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program to consider ways to focus resources in existing communities and infrastructure systems to leverage past investments and support sustainable communities.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Three Years of Helping Communities Achieve Their Visions for Growth and Prosperity (PDF) (18 pp, 4.27 MB, About PDF)
2012. Overview of EPA, HUD, and DOT support to communities seeking to protect the environment, provide more housing choices, and make transportation systems more efficient and reliable. Details successes in Bridgeport, CT; Ranson and Charles Town, WV; Montgomery, AL; Cincinnati, OH; Moline, IL; Denver, CO; and Wellpinit, WA.

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities (PDF) (44 pp, 6.4MB, About PDF)
2012. A guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life.

Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities (PDF) (52 pp, 2.8MB, About PDF)
2011. Discusses federal programs that help rural America, presents sample funding and technical assistance opportunities and performance measures rural communities can use, and includes case studies showcasing rural accomplishments.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Supporting Environmental Justice and Equitable Development (PDF) (4 pp, 665K, About PDF)
2010. Describes how the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is working to help communities become more equitable and more sustainable for all residents.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: A Year of Progress for American Communities (PDF) (16 pp, 1.8MB, About PDF)
2010. Report on the first year of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Leveraging the Partnership: DOT, HUD, and EPA Programs for Sustainable Communities (PDF) (16 pp, 2.2MB, About PDF)
2010. Guide to help communities identify federal resources that can support their efforts to promote more sustainable communities.

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Rural Smart Growth

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities (PDF) (44 pp, 6.4MB, About PDF)
2012. A guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life.

Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes
2012. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-12-001 . Offers ten essential fixes to help rural communities amend their codes, ordinances, and development requirements to promote more sustainable development.

Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities (PDF) (52 pp, 2.8MB About PDF)
2011. Discusses federal programs that help rural America, presents sample funding and technical assistance opportunities and performance measures rural communities can use, and includes case studies showcasing rural accomplishments.

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities
2010. International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-10-003.
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.
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This Is Smart Growth
2006. International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-06-002.
Illustrates how communities can turn their values, visions, and aspirations into reality, using smart growth techniques to improve development. Features 40 places around the country, from cities to suburbs to small towns to rural areas, that have found success by implementing smart growth principles.
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Business and Economic Development

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments
2014. EPA. Discusses smart growth approaches local governments can use to lower costs and/or increase revenue.

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development
2014. EPA. Discusses how barriers to infill development that discourage developers are not only often surmountable, but also are beginning to diminish as infill development becomes more common.

Smart Growth and Economic Success: The Business Case
2013. EPA. Discusses how locations with housing and transportation options, a mix of uses close together, and a high quality of life can improve environmental outcomes while providing economic advantages for businesses.

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Governments
2012. EPA. Outlines the benefits of smart growth development for developers, businesses, local government, and other groups.

Market Acceptance of Smart Growth
2011. EPA 231-R-10-001.
Compares resale prices for single-family houses and townhouses in smart growth developments with units in conventional developments that are equivalent in terms of size, age, amenities, and location.

Smart Growth: The Business Opportunity for Developers and Production Builders

Economic Development and Smart Growth (PDF) (50 pp, 3.1MB, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2006. International Economic Development Council.
Highlights the connections between smart growth and economic outcomes such as job growth, occupancy rates, tax base, and private investment. Uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies.
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Smart Growth is Smart Business Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2004. National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals and Smart Growth Leadership Institute. Identifies successful companies that promote smart growth and bring vitality and prosperity to their communities.
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Profiles of Business Leadership on Smart Growth: New Partnerships Demonstrate the Economic Benefits of Reducing Sprawl Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
1999. National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals.
Examples of businesses that have taken the lead in improving the quality of development in their communities.
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Tools

Flood Resilience Checklist (PDF) (6 pp, 430K, About PDF)
2014. A checklist to help communities determine whether they are prepared for a flood.

Smart Location Database
2013. A nationwide geospatial database characterizing the built environment for use in travel demand studies and scenario planning.

Access to Jobs and Workers Via Transit Tool
2013. A geospatial data resource and web mapping tool for comparing the accessibility of neighborhoods via public transit service.

Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (PDF) (110 pp, 1.1MB, About PDF)
2013. EPA 904-B-10-001.
Addresses the local codes of ordinances that affect the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site to help local governments, the development community, and other building professionals identify and remove barriers to sustainable design and green building in their permitting processes. The toolkit also provides an Assessment Tool in Excel (XLSX) (184K) that local governments can use to evaluate their codes and ordinances. Instructions appear on the opening tab.

Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development
2012. Provides local governments with a comprehensive overview of existing tools and implementation strategies for transit-oriented development, and explores emerging, innovative models for financing.

Mixed-Use Trip Generation Model
2011. Spreadsheet tool that makes it easy to estimate trips generated by a new mixed-use development to more fairly assess these projects in development review processes.

Leveraging the Partnership: DOT, HUD, and EPA Programs for Sustainable Communities (PDF) (16 pp, 2.2MB, About PDF)
2010. Describes resources and funding available from DOT, HUD, and EPA for sustainable communities activities.

Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design and Development
2009.  Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC, and Wallace Roberts Todd, LLC, for EPA.
Guidelines that can serve as a checklist to ensure that programs, plans, and proposed developments incorporate the elements needed at the location, site, and building levels to result in more sustainable, affordable housing.

Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes
2009. Offers 11 Essential Fixes to help local governments amend their codes and ordinances to promote more sustainable development.

Strategic Package of Tools to Promote Transit Oriented Development in Metropolitan Phoenix
2009. A summary of 23 tools that could be offered to the development community to create and enhance vibrant, healthy communities that support light-rail rail. Focused on metropolitan Phoenix, with nationwide application. Produced for the Phoenix Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project.

Policies that Work: A Governors' Guide to Growth and Development Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2009. Governors' Institute on Community Design.
Provides state policymakers with samples of policies, administrative actions, and spending decisions that have helped other states grow smarter.
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Water Quality Scorecard: Incorporating Green Infrastructure Practices at the Municipal, Neighborhood, and Site Scale
2009. This scorecard offers policy options for protecting and improving water quality across different scales of land use and across multiple municipal departments.

Smart Growth Scorecards
2006. Online-only resource. Sample scorecards used by communities to evaluate policies and development projects.
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Choosing Our Community's Future: A Citizen's Guide to Getting the Most Out of New Development
2005. Smart Growth America.
Focuses on the visioning and planning efforts that set the stage for smarter growth and how citizens can engage and make suggestions for better growth and development through collaborative stakeholder meetings and workshops.
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Water

Long-term Planning for Sustainable Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Wellpinit, Washington, for the Spokane Tribe of Indians (PDF) (66 pp, 18MB, About PDF)
2013. Report from a technical assistance project with the Spokane Tribe of Indians to evaluate the tribe’s water and wastewater needs, identify actions to improve the systems’ capacity for new development, and help ensure successful long-term operation of the infrastructure.

Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth: Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth and Hazard Mitigation Roundtable
2012. EPA and the state Sea Grant College Programs of Rhode Island, Texas, and Hawaii organized a meeting on how coastal and waterfront communities can create economically and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from flooding and related natural hazards. This report provides ideas from that meeting on research, tools, services, and approaches to integrate smart growth and hazard mitigation strategies on the coast.

Opportunities to Advance Sustainability in California's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program (PDF) (47 pp, 765K, About PDF)
2012. Report by EPA's Office of Water and EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities describes a pilot project to help the state direct resources to projects that support sustainable communities.

Maryland Clean Water State Revolving Fund Sustainable Communities Pilot Project Report (PDF) (15 pp, 227 K, About PDF)
2012. Decisions about where to provide public wastewater infrastructure affect development patterns and influence where and how a community will grow. This report describes how EPA worked with Maryland's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program to consider ways to focus resources in existing communities and infrastructure systems to leverage past investments and support sustainable communities.

Water Quality Scorecard: Incorporating Green Infrastructure Practices at the Municipal, Neighborhood, and Site Scale
2009. This scorecard offers policy options for protecting and improving water quality across different scales of land use and across multiple municipal departments.

Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities
2009. EPA, NOAA, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and the International City/County Management Association.
Builds on existing smart growth principles to offer 10 specific development guidelines for coastal and waterfront communities, along with tools, techniques, and examples.

Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development
2006. Helps communities better understand the impacts of higher and lower density development on water resources. The findings indicate that low-density development may not always be the preferred strategy for protecting water resources.
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Growing Toward More Efficient Water Use: Linking Development, Infrastructure, and Drinking Water Policies
2006. Focuses on the relationships among development patterns, water use, and the cost of water delivery, and includes policy options for states, localities, and utilities that directly reduce the cost and demand for water while indirectly promoting smarter growth.
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Solving Environmental Problems Through Collaboration: A Case Study of the New York City Watershed Partnership (PDF) (2 pp, 45K, About PDF)
2006. Summary of the partnership, which works closely with government and non-governmental partners to protect the drinking water supply of 9 million people while promoting economic viability and preserving the social character of the communities in the upstate watershed.
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Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices
2005. Reviews nine common smart growth techniques and examines how they can be used to prevent or manage stormwater runoff.
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Stormwater Guidelines for Green, Dense Redevelopment
2005. City of Emeryville, California.
Geared specifically to developers and designers, these guidelines offer ways to meet requirements to treat stormwater from development projects.
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Sewage Facilities and Land Development Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2005. 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.
Examines growth trends to determine what effect land use and sewage-facility policies have on these trends.
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Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth
2004. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-R-04-002.
Intended for audiences already familiar with smart growth concepts who seek specific ideas on how techniques for smarter growth can be used to protect water resources. Suggests 75 policies that communities can use to grow in the way that they want while protecting their water quality.
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Smart Growth for Clean Water (PDF) (66 pp, 6MB, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2003. National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, Trust for Public Land, ERG.
Offers ideas for using smart growth to advance clean water goals based on the experiences of communities across the nation.
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Growth and Water Resources (PDF) (2 pp, 193K, About PDF)
2005. Hard copies available by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 842-F-02-008.
Explains how land use affects water resources and offers resources and tools for communities.
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Potential Roles for Clean Water State Revolving Fund Programs in Smart Growth Initiatives (PDF) (15 pp, 1MB, About PDF)
EPA 832-R-00-010. 2000.
Describes options for states to use their Clean Water State Revolving Funds to support more environmentally sound growth and development.
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Transportation and Air Quality

Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development
2012. Provides local governments with a comprehensive overview of existing tools and implementation strategies for transit-oriented development, and explores emerging, innovative models for financing.

Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures
2011. EPA 231-K-10-004.
Guide to help transportation agencies incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures.
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Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2010. Ewing, Reid and Cervero, Robert.
Meta-analysis of built environment-travel literature that found that driving is most strongly related to measures of accessibility to destinations and street network design variables, while walking is most strongly related to measures of land use diversity, intersection density, and the number of destinations within walking distance.
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Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach
2010. Institute of Transportation Engineers, Congress for the New Urbanism.
An update of ITE's 2006 Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities, this report provides guidance on applying CSS principles in communities that support compact development, mixed land uses, walking, and bicycling.
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Measuring the Air Quality and Transportation Impacts of Infill Development
Hard copies available by calling (800) 490-9198 or emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com and requesting EPA 231-R-07-001.
2007. Illustrates how regions can calculate the transportation and air quality benefits of infill, based on standard transportation forecasting models used by metropolitan planning organizations across the country. The results suggest that strong support for infill development can be one of the most effective transportation and emission reduction investments regions can pursue.
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Emergency Response and Traditional Neighborhood Street Design Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
Local Government Commission.
Contains case studies that show how three cities have handled smart growth street designs and emergency response concerns.
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Emergency Response and Narrow Streets Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
Local Government Commission.
Includes fact sheets on traffic calming and emergency response and street design and emergency response.
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Parking Spaces / Community Places: Finding the Balance Through Smart Growth Solutions
2006. Highlights proven approaches that balance parking with broader community goals. Communities have found that combinations of parking pricing, shared parking, demand management, and other techniques have helped them create vibrant places while protecting environmental quality.
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Solving Environmental Problems Through Collaboration: A Case Study of Atlantic Steel Redevelopment (PDF) (2 pp, 194K, About PDF)
2006. Summary of the redevelopment of the Atlantic Steel property into Atlantic Station, including how its smart growth innovations helped reduce its air quality impacts.
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EPA Guidance: Improving Air Quality Through Land Use Activities (PDF) (110 pp, 1.8MB, About PDF)
Hard copies available by calling (800) 490-9198 or emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com and requesting EPA 420-R-01-001.
2001. Helps air quality and transportation planners account for the air quality impacts of land use policies and projects that state and local governments voluntarily adopt.
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Smart Growth and the Clean Air Act (PDF) (60 pp, 704K, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2001. Northeast Midwest Institute.
Examines how the Clean Air Act is applied in several major metropolitan areas and suggests that the Act does not necessarily divert growth from urban centers and indeed can complement efforts to promote growth in areas with existing infrastructure.
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Comparing Methodologies to Assess Transportation and Air Quality Impacts of Brownfields and Infill Development (PDF) (49 pp, 1.4MB, About PDF)
EPA 231-R-01-001. 2001. Compares methodologies to evaluate the benefits of infill development when preparing State Implementation Plans and transportation conformity determinations.
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The Transportation and Environmental Impacts of Infill Versus Greenfield Development: A Comparative Case Study Analysis (PDF) (35 pp, 267K, About PDF)
EPA 231-R-99-005. 1999.
Models the transportation and environmental impacts of locating the same development on two sites-one infill and one suburban edge/greenfield-and compares the results. This analysis was conducted in three regions: San Diego, California; Montgomery County, Maryland; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Pedestrian- and Transit-Friendly Design: A Primer for Smart Growth (PDF) (26 pp, 2.8 MB, About PDF)
1999. Ewing, Reid. International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network. Send your name and address to smartgrowth@epa.gov for a hard copy.
Suggests design elements that make walking and transit use easier and more comfortable.
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Delaware Department of Transportation Workbook for Innovative Corridor Capacity Preservation Pilot Program (PDF) (75 pp, 6.9 MB, About PDF)
Strategies to delay system expansion, focus development and preserve quality of life.
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Climate Change and Energy

Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region (PDF) (94 pp, 517MB, About PDF)
2013. Report from a technical assistance project with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that gives local governments policy options to consider when preparing for climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and social goals.

Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Report (PDF) (64 pp, 880K, About PDF)
2011.
Report from a project in which EPA and FEMA worked with state and local leaders in Iowa to figure out how the latest science on changing weather patterns due to climate change could be integrated into local and state planning efforts to adapt to and mitigate future natural disasters.

Location Efficiency and Housing Type - Boiling it Down to BTUs
2011. Jonathan Rose Companies for EPA.
Finds that a home's location and access to transit are as important to reducing energy use as are energy-efficiency measures in homes and cars.

Getting Smart About Climate Change Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2010. ICMA and the Smart Growth Network.
Outlines nine strategies for successfully applying smart growth principles to climate concerns on the local and regional levels.
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Local Climate and Energy Strategy Guide — Smart Growth: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (PDF) (55 pp, 400K, About PDF)
2010. Describes how smart growth strategies can help local governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life.


Brownfields and Infill

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development
2014. EPA. Discusses how barriers to infill development that discourage developers are not only often surmountable, but also are beginning to diminish as infill development becomes more common.

Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities (PDF) (64 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF)
2013. Step-by-step guide to help tribes overcome policy and other barriers to redevelopment of contaminated and vacant sites.

Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions: 2012 Edition
2012. EPA. Examines residential construction trends in America’s metropolitan regions. The findings demonstrate that infill has become a significant portion of the U.S. housing market—and that significant opportunities still remain for regions that want to use smart growth strategies to pursue more infill development.

From Vacancy to Vibrancy Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2012. Smart Growth America.
Outlines how to build financial and political support to reclaim and redevelop abandoned gas stations, auto body shops, and industrial facilities. Includes information about state and federal brownfield program requirements, brownfield redevelopment financing strategies, and multi-site planning techniques.
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Restructuring the Commercial Strip: A Practical Guide for Planning the Revitalization of Deteriorating Strip Corridors
2010. ICF International and Freedman Tung & Sasaki.
Provides guidance on coordination of public and private investments and essential planning and design strategies necessary to create a multimodal transportation system and thriving neighborhoods.
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Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions 2010
Updates 2009 report analyzing residential building trends to determine if there has been a shift toward redevelopment and in which regions the shift has been most significant.
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Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions 2009
Analyzes residential building trends to determine if there has been a shift toward redevelopment and in which regions the shift has been most significant.
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Gateways Revitalization Strategy (PDF) (58 pp, 10 MB, About PDF)
2007. Lancaster County Planning Commission.
Provides a vision and a set of achievable goals for the revitalization of approximately 600 acres of urban land near the Amtrak train station in Lancaster, PA.
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Stimulating Infill and Brownfield Development in the Land-of-Sky Region
2007. Land-of-Sky Regional Council.
Analyzes barriers to infill and brownfield redevelopment in a four-county region in western North Carolina and proposes possible policy solutions.
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Measuring the Air Quality and Transportation Impacts of Infill Development
Hard copies available by calling (800) 490-9198 or emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com and requesting EPA 231-R-07-001.
2007. Illustrates how regions can calculate the transportation and air quality benefits of infill, based on standard transportation forecasting models used by metropolitan planning organizations across the country. The results suggest that strong support for infill development can be one of the most effective transportation and emission reduction investments regions can pursue.
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Connecting Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment (PDF) (24 pp, 725K, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2006. Center for Environmental Policy and Management, University of Louisville.
Examines planning strategies, financing options, and institutional practices that can help promote brownfield redevelopment.
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Policy Lessons from the Coastal Brownfield Development of Fields Point, Providence, Rhode Island
2006. Save the Bay, Inc.
Study analyzing the regulatory and policy context for redeveloping coastal brownfields in Rhode Island.
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Redevelopment Ready CommunitiesSM: Best Practices and Scoring System (PDF) (30 pp, 660K, About PDF)
2006. Michigan Suburbs Alliance Redevelopment Ready Program.
Encourages older suburbs to bolster their competitive attractiveness by making the development process more efficient and less complicated. Includes the scoring system used to rate a community's redevelopment climate and the strategies a community may adopt to improve it.
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Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions: Recovering a Community's Hidden Assets (PDF) (86 pp, 2.6MB, About PDF)
2006. Envision Utah.
A useful compendium of tips, procedures, and other information to assist those interested in brownfields redevelopment, including identifying properties, land use considerations by the buyer, placing properties under contract, the due diligence process, managing environmental liabilities, final approval on zoning and land use, and closing on the contract and financing.
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Vacant Properties: The True Costs to Communities (PDF) (24 pp, 496K, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2005. National Vacant Properties Campaign.
Summarizes research on the costs vacant and abandoned properties impose upon communities and highlights local programs successfully recapturing the value in these properties.
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Smart Growth for Brownfields Redevelopment: A Brownfields Screening Tool (PDF) (45 pp, 872K, About PDF)
2005. City of Chicago.
Presents screening tools to evaluate and identify brownfield sites that can be economically cleaned up and redeveloped as mixed-income residential and/or mixed-use communities using smart growth principles.
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Redeveloping Brownfields with Federal Transportation Funds (PDF) (31 pp, 897K, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2001. Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and EPA.
Describes how communities can use federal transportation funds to pay for transportation-related brownfields cleanup and to improve access to redevelopment sites.
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Comparing Methodologies to Assess Transportation and Air Quality Impacts of Brownfields and Infill Development (PDF) (49 pp, 1.4MB, About PDF)
EPA 231-R-01-001. 2001. Compares methodologies to evaluate the benefits of infill development when preparing State Implementation Plans and transportation conformity determinations.
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The Transportation and Environmental Impacts of Infill Versus Greenfield Development: A Comparative Case Study Analysis (PDF) (35 pp, 267K, About PDF)
EPA 231-R-99-005. 1999.
Models the transportation and environmental impacts of locating the same development on two sites-one infill and one suburban edge/greenfield-and compares the results. This analysis was conducted in three regions: San Diego, California; Montgomery County, Maryland; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Youth Travel to School: Community Design Relationships with Mode Choice, Vehicle Emissions, and Healthy Body Weight
2008. Lawrence Frank and Company, Inc., for EPA.
Study that examines how factors including neighborhood design and perception of neighborhood safety affect travel to school.

Local Governments and Schools: A Community-Oriented Approach (PDF) (40 pp, 855K, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer,
ICMA and Smart Growth Network, 2008.
Helps local government managers understand the connections between school facility planning and local government management issues, and offers strategies for local governments and schools to bring their planning efforts together for a more community-oriented approach to schools.
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Communities of Opportunity: Smart Growth Strategies for Colleges and Universities (PDF) (48 pp, 38.7MB, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2007. National Association of College and University Business Officers and Ayers Saint Gross.
Discusses how colleges and universities can use smart growth strategies to improve their campuses and the communities in which they are located.
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Teaching Smart Growth at Colleges and Universities
2006. Online-only resource. Sample course prospectuses from professors teaching applied smart growth classes.
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Partnerships for Smart Growth: University-Community Collaboration for Better Public Spaces
2005. Association for Collegiate Schools of Planning. Includes 13 case studies of university-community collaborations on smart growth initiatives. Chapters are arranged by examples of smart growth in curriculum, at research centers, by collaboration, and in the community. Results have wide appeal for university administrators, land-use planners and administrators, scholars, and community development experts.
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Schools for Successful Communities: An Element of Smart Growth
EPA-231-R-04-003. 2004. Council of Educational Facility Planners International and EPA.
Explains why and how communities can employ smart growth planning principles to build schools that better serve and support students, staff, parents, and the entire community.
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Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting
EPA-231-R-03-004. 2003.
Provides important information about how the location of a school affects how its students get to it, showing that school siting and design can influence traffic congestion, air pollution, school transportation budgets, and children's health and obesity.
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Technical Assistance Reports

Managing Vacant and Abandoned Property in the Green Zone of Saginaw, Michigan (PDF) (35 pp, 2 MB, About PDF)
2014. Report from a technical assistance project with the city of Saginaw, Michigan, to develop a land use and infrastructure strategy that stabilizes neighborhoods through the sustainable reuse of abandoned properties, supports redevelopment of abandoned properties as green infrastructure, and creates opportunities for long-term economic growth. The report provides information useful to any community seeking to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use.

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities (PDF) (64 pp, 3.8MB, About PDF)
2014. Report from a technical assistance project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District on how communities in Vermont can recover from flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene and become more resilient to future disasters. See also the Flood Resilience Checklist under Tools.

Long-term Planning for Sustainable Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Wellpinit, Washington, for the Spokane Tribe of Indians (PDF) (66 pp, 18MB, About PDF)
2013. Report from a technical assistance project with the Spokane Tribe of Indians to evaluate the tribe’s water and wastewater needs, identify actions to improve the systems’ capacity for new development, and help ensure successful long-term operation of the infrastructure.

Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region (PDF) (94 pp, 517MB, About PDF)
2013. Report from a technical assistance project with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that gives local governments policy options to consider when preparing for climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and social goals.

Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities (PDF) (64 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF)
2013. Step-by-step guide to help tribes overcome policy and other barriers to redevelopment of contaminated and vacant sites.

Lessons from Greening America's Capitals Projects (PDF) (6 pp, 2.6MB, About PDF).
2013. Report on five lessons from the first two rounds of Greening America’s Capitals projects that can help all communities incorporate green design strategies into their planning and development.

Growing for a Sustainable Future: Miami-Dade County Urban Development Boundary Assessment 2012. (PDF) (69 pp, 7.4MB, About PDF)
2012. Report on strategies for growth management to help guide development toward existing areas and protect sensitive environmental areas.

Greening America's Capitals: Montgomery, AL (PDF) (49 pp, 4.4MB, About PDF)
2012. Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Montgomery, AL develop design options for a segment of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights Trail as it runs through a historic, diverse neighborhood. These options could improve walking and biking along the streets, while improving the appearance of the neighborhood.

Report: A Project Selection Tool for the State of Rhode Island: Leveraging State Transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Investments (PDF) (75 pp, 2.78MB, About PDF) Final Project Selection Tool (Excel)
2012. Report on assistance to Rhode Island KeepSpace from EPA's Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program to help prioritize state, nonprofit, and federal resources. This assistance resulted in a project selection tool that may of use to other communities facing similar challenges.

Greening America's Capitals: Jackson, MS (PDF) (28 pp, 3.4MB, About PDF)
2012. Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Jackson develop design concepts that use green technologies and infrastructure for Congress Street (where the state capitol is located) and two public parks along the street.

Greening America's Capitals: Phoenix, AZ (PDF) (44 pp, 5.4MB, About PDF)
2012. Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Phoenix develop options to improve the streetscape of Lower Grand Avenue, making it more environmentally, pedestrian-, and bicycle-friendly while maintaining the neighborhood's artistic character.

Greening America's Capitals: Lincoln, NE (PDF) (58 pp, 6.3MB, About PDF)
2012. Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Lincoln, NE develop an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable vision for the South Capital area and design options to achieve it.

Greening America's Capitals: The Anacostia Metro Station Area, Washington, D.C. (PDF) (53 pp, 16.11 MB, About PDF)
2012. Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Washington, D.C. create a plan for the streets and intersections around the Anacostia Metro Station.

Strategies for Sustainable Communities: A Guidebook Based on California Community Types (PDF) (57 pp, 943K, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2011. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help California's Strategic Growth Council create a framework to help local governments determine what combination of greenhouse gas reduction strategies, smart growth practices, and sustainability policies are best for their type of community.

Greening America's Capitals: Little Rock, Arkansas (PDF) (47 pp, 10 MB, About PDF)
2011. Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Little Rock envision improvements to its Main Street corridor.

Greening America's Capitals: Boston's City Hall Plaza (PDF) (76 pp, 40MB, About PDF)
2011. Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Boston develop a comprehensive vision for redesigning City Hall Plaza to improve its environmental performance and its appeal as a public space.

Greening America's Capitals: Charleston, West Virginia (PDF) (32 pp, 26MB, About PDF)
2011. Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Charleston explore options to redesign Slack Plaza to make it a great public space and a multimodal transportation hub.

Greening America's Capitals: Jefferson City, Missouri (PDF) (70 pp, 4.39 MB, About PDF)
2011. Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Jefferson City develop options to restore Wears Creek and transform the Millbottom area near Missouri's state capitol.

Public Involvement Plan and Toolkit for Las Cruces (PDF) (34 pp, 12.5MB, About PDF)
2011. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help Las Cruces, New Mexico, develop strategies that invite and maintain the participation of all residents, especially ethnically diverse, low-income populations and others that have had limited to no previous involvement in community planning and design.

Greening America's Capitals: Hartford, Connecticut (PDF) (52 pp, 84.7MB, About PDF)
2011. Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Hartford re-imagine a mile-long corridor by improving public spaces and adding green streets features.

Embracing the River: Smart Growth Strategies for Assisting in Cedar Rapids' Recovery (PDF) (108 pp, 4.1 MB, About PDF)
2010. Report on the EPA-FEMA project to help Cedar Rapids revise its land use policies to encourage infill and more sustainable growth after the 2008 floods.

Waverly, Iowa, Smart Planning Workshop: Policy Options and Project Designs (PDF) (49 pp, 9.4MB, About PDF)
2010. Report on the EPA-FEMA project to help Waverly develop policy options and strategies for green infrastructure, housing, and infill development after the 2008 floods.

Together We Can Grow Better: Smart Growth for a Sustainable Connecticut Capitol Region (PDF) (55 pp, 29.3MB, About PDF)
Appendix A: EPA's Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program (PDF) (1 pg, 36K, About PDF)
Appendix B: Zoning Analysis (PDF) (9 pp, 198K, About PDF)
Appendix C: Tolland Village Area (PDF) (3 pp, 4.2MB, About PDF)
Appendix D: Site Briefing Books (PDF) (35 pp, 16MB, About PDF)
Appendix E: Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design & Development
2010. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help Connecticut's Capitol Region Council of Governments develop guidance for communities to site, plan, and develop housing that incorporates smart growth approaches and green building techniques.

Smart Mobility 2010: A Call to Action for the New Decade (PDF) (152 pp, 15.4 MB, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2010. Product of the EPA technical assistance project to help the California Department of Transportation create a planning framework to help guide and assess how well plans, programs, and projects meet a definition of "smart mobility."

Transit Oriented Development and Proposition 207 in Metropolitan Phoenix (PDF) (4 pp, 341K, About PDF)
Developing a Policy Toolbox for the Post-Proposition 207 Environment (PDF) (25 pp, 642K, About PDF)
Strategic Package of Tools to Promote Transit Oriented Development In Metropolitan Phoenix (PDF) (33 pp, 682K, About PDF)
Encouraging Transit Oriented Development: Case Studies that Work (PDF) (21 pp, 1.4MB, About PDF)
Impact of TOD and Smart Growth Incentives on Development in Phoenix (PDF) (16 pp, 549K, About PDF)
Next Steps to Promote Transit Oriented Development in Metropolitan Phoenix (PDF) (11 pp, 416K, About PDF)
2009. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help the cities of Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, identify and analyze appropriate non-regulatory and regulatory tools and incentives that the cities could use to promote transit-oriented development.

Implementing Living Streets: Ideas and Opportunities for the City and County of Denver (PDF) (71 pp, 6.0MB, About PDF)
2009. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help Denver, Colorado, turn its commercial corridors into living streets that are pedestrian and transit friendly.

Stormwater Management Handbook: Implementing Green Infrastructure in Northern Kentucky Communities
Part 1: Chapters 1-4 (PDF) (45 pp, 3.5MB, About PDF)
Part 2: Chapters 5-6 (PDF) (52 pp, 5.0MB, About PDF)
Part 3: Appendices (PDF) (21 pp, 2.3MB, About PDF)
2009. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky find options for development that protect water quality and improve communities.

Protecting Water Quality With Smart Growth Strategies and Natural Stormwater Management in Sussex County, Delaware (PDF) (119 pp., 10.8MB, About PDF)
2009. Report on the EPA/NOAA technical assistance project to help Sussex County, Delaware, find options for development that will better protect water quality as the county grows.

Report: Downtown Waterfront Form-Based Code Workshop (PDF) (95 pp, 4.3MB, About PDF)
2008. Report on the EPA/NOAA technical assistance project to help Marquette, Michigan, develop a form-based code for its Downtown Waterfront District.

Collaborating on Greensboro's Future: The University Roundtable and Next Steps (PDF) (31 pp, 3.1MB, About PDF)
Report appendices (PDF) (96 pp, 8.3MB, About PDF)
2008. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help Greensboro, North Carolina, engage its universities in a collaborative effort to improve community and economic development.

Retaining Our Sense of Place by Managing Our Highway (PDF) (115 pp, 7MB)
2008. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help Pamlico County, NC, manage development along a rural highway corridor.

Laconia, New Hampshire - Three Neighborhoods, One Vision (PDF) (83 pp, 2.8MB, About PDF)
2007. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help the city of Laconia, NH, redevelop three neighborhood centers.

Spokane's University District: Policy Options for a New Urban Center (PDF) (41 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF)

Appendix A: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Visit (PDF) (5 pp, 63K, About PDF)
Appendix B: University District Market Analysis (PDF) (24 pp, 499K, About PDF)
Appendix C: Key Issues Briefing Paper (PDF) (7 pp, 604K)
Appendix D: Riverpoint Campus Development Program (PDF) (5 pp, 2.5MB, About PDF)
Appendix E: Retail Oriented Street Case Study (PDF) (5 pp, 257K, About PDF)
Appendix F: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Case Study (PDF) (5 pp, 293K, About PDF)
2007. Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help the city of Spokane develop options to advance its vision for its University District.

Building the Comprehensive Community: Traditional Neighborhood Development for Porter County, Indiana (PDF) (43 pp, 1.2MB, About PDF)
2007. Report on the EPA/NOAA technical assistance project to help Porter County, Indiana, write a traditional neighborhood design guideline to supplement its Unified Development Ordinance.

Growing Our Own Communities (PDF) (59 pp, 2.9MB, About PDF)
Appendices A and B: Victor and Driggs SGIA Overview and Full Market Overview (PDF) (53 pp, 347K, About PDF)
Appendices C and D: Connectivity Primer and Example of Downtown Parking Guidelines (PDF) (32 pp, 859K, About PDF)
Appendix E: Small Lot Zoning Discussion and Design Guidelines (PDF) (34 pp, 3.4MB, About PDF)
Appendix F: Planned Development District/TND Design Guidelines (PDF) (29 pp, 6.5MB, About PDF)
Appendices G and H: Discussion of the Huntsman Springs Preliminary Site Plan and Additional Resources (PDF) (7 pp, 232K)
2007. Report on the EPA-led technical assistance project to help the towns of Victor and Driggs, Idaho, analyze options for development.

How Can Wells Grow and Protect Depot Brook? (PDF) (49 pp, 3.2MB, About PDF)
Report Appendices (PDF) (21 pp, 1.7MB, About PDF)
2007. Report on the EPA/NOAA technical assistance project to help the town of Wells, Maine, find options for development that protects Depot Brook.

Building Houston's Competitive Edge: Transit-Oriented Development for the Ensemble/HCC Station (PDF) (71 pp, 2.6MB, About PDF)
2006. Report on the EPA/NOAA technical assistance project to help Houston, Texas, find opportunities for transit-oriented development in Midtown.

Implementing the Aquidneck Island West Side Master Plan (PDF) (120 pp, 3.1MB, About PDF)
2006. Report on the EPA-led technical assistance project to help Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, develop tools and options to implement its West Side Master Plan.

Implementing PlanCheyenne: Strategies and Opportunities for Smarter Growth in Cheyenne (PDF) (52 pp, 6.7MB, About PDF)
2006. Report on the EPA-led technical assistance project to help Cheyenne, Wyoming, implement PlanCheyenne, its vision for growth and development.

Taos Smart Growth Implementation Assistance: Concepts for the Paseo del Pueblo Sur Corridor (PDF) (77 pp, 4.6MB, About PDF)
2006. Report on the EPA-led technical assistance project to help Taos, New Mexico, make development along its main corridor into town more attractive and economically stronger.

Achieving the Vision: Options for the College Park U.S. Route 1 Corridor (PDF) (75 pp, 4.8MB, About PDF)
2006. Report on the EPA-led technical assistance project to help College Park, Maryland, get development that meets its vision for its Route 1 corridor.

Connecting McCall: Concept Plans for Lardo and West Valley (PDF) (53 pp, 5.1MB, About PDF)
2005. Report on the EPA-led technical assistance project to help McCall, Idaho, create a vision for development at two sites along a new loop road.

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Smart Growth in Your Community

Moving the Needle: Regional Coalitions as Catalysts for Sustainable Development (PDF) (45 pp, 1.6 MB, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2010. Urban Land Institute.
Describes the experiences of eight regional coalitions from around the country and how they work with diverse partners to promote more sustainable communities.
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Creating the Concord River Greenway, Final Report (PDF) (15 pp, 545K, About PDF)
2007. Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust.
Discusses neighborhood-based planning effort to design a pedestrian/bike path that makes the Concord River a shared natural resource among the neighborhoods of Lowell, MA.
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Case Studies for Action Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2006 – ongoing. Urban Land Institute.
Series of case studies of innovative programs from ULI District Councils aimed at engaging stakeholders to resolve complex land use, development, and redevelopment problems.
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Smart Growth Illustrated
2006. Online-only resource. Shows how smart growth techniques look in communities around the country.
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Solving Environmental Problems Through Collaboration: A Case Study of the Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life (SEQL) Program (PDF) (2 pp, 45K, About PDF)
2006. Summary of how this successful multi-party organization works to resolve environmental concerns related to rapid growth in the Carolinas.
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Institutionalizing Smart Growth Principles into the Metropolitan Planning Process (PDF) (16 pp, 18.7MB, About PDF) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2003. Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
Describes how four metropolitan planning organizations worked with EPA to incorporate smart growth principles into their planning processes.
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Environmental Characteristics of Smart Growth Neighborhoods: Phase II Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer
2000 and 2003. Natural Resources Defense Council.
Case studies of neighborhoods in Sacramento and Nashville that show the environmental benefits of smart growth are real and can be measured.
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Developing for the Future: Hometown USA -- Innovative Community Projects Supported by EPA Grants (PDF) (44 pp, 2.4MB, About PDF)
EPA 240-R-00-002, 2000. Profiles of communities around the country that have protected and enhanced the environment through smart growth strategies.
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Smart Growth at Work: Project Highlights from EPA's Ten Regions (PDF) (26 pp, 286K, About PDF)
October 2000
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The History of Envision Utah (PDF) (60 pp, 1.3MB, About PDF)
2001. History of the visioning process to work toward quality growth in the Greater Wasatch area of Utah.

Project XL and Atlantic Steel: Supporting Environmental Excellence and Smart Growth (PDF) (10 pp, 700K, About PDF)
EPA 231-R-99-004. 1999.
A summary of the environmental benefits of redeveloping the Atlantic Steel site into the smart growth community Atlantic Station.
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