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EPA Smart Growth Grants from 2004 RFIPs

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International City/County Management Association (ICMA) awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth Network Membership Program

On March 17, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to ICMA to develop and maintain a Smart Growth Network Membership Program that will educate its members about environmentally friendly development alternatives. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGNMEMB-05, Smart Growth Network Membership Program RFIP) which was issued May 17, 2004. Proposals were due July 16, 2004.

Update: As part of this cooperative agreement, ICMA Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer and the Smart Growth Network released the following publications:

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International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded cooperative agreement for Economic Development Strategies that Support Environmentally Friendly Development

On December 14, 2004, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to IEDC to develop a report that highlights projects and policies that have improved economic conditions while creating walkable, vibrant, and environmentally friendly places. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (ECONDVL-04, Economic Development Strategies that Support Environmentally-Friendly Development RFIP) which was issued May 20, 2004. Proposals were due July 19, 2004.

Update: In August 2006, the International Economic Development Council Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer released Economic Development and Smart Growth, which highlights the connections between smart growth and economic outcomes such as job growth, occupancy rates, tax base, and private investment. The report uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies such as transit-oriented development, corridor revitalization, and arts and entertainment districts. The case studies profile diverse projects in Lakewood, CO; Pittsburgh, PA; Paducah, KY; Indianapolis, IN; Portland, OR; Burlington, IA; Silver Spring, MD; and Columbus, OH.
Economic Development and Smart Growth (PDF) (50 pp, 3.1 MB) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

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Land of Sky Regional Council (LOSC) awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment

On February 11, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Land of Sky Regional Council of Asheville, NC. LOSC will identify state and local regulations and policies that are barriers to brownfield and infill redevelopment. Upon completion of their analysis, LOSC will work with state and local officials and local and regional developers to improve the market, regulatory, and policy climate for environmentally beneficial redevelopment efforts. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBF-04, Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment RFIP) which was issued June 23, 2004. Proposals were due August 24, 2004.

Update: In August 2007, Land of Sky Regional Council produced a study, Stimulating Infill and Brownfield Development in the Land-of-Sky Region, discussing barriers to infill and brownfield redevelopment and potential policy solutions.

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Coalition for Utah's Future awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment

On February 4, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Coalition for Utah's Future. The coalition will create a model to measure the financial return of redevelopment proposals, helping local planning officials determine the effect of their zoning standards and procedures on redevelopment potential and encouraging more environmentally sensitive growth. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBF-04, Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment RFIP) which was issued June 23, 2004. Proposals were due August 24, 2004.

Update: In May 2006, the Coalition for Utah's Future produced, through Envision Utah Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer, a 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.
Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions: Recovering a Community's Hidden Assets (PDF) (86 pp, 2.8 MB)

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Michigan Suburbs Alliance awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment

On April 6, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Michigan Suburbs Alliance. The Michigan Suburbs Alliance will use the funding to support the Redevelopment Readiness Certification Resource Center. The Resource Center will provide technical assistance to communities seeking to make environmentally sound infill and brownfield redevelopment more attractive. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBF-04, Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment RFIP) which was issued June 23, 2004. Proposals were due August 24, 2004.

Update: In 2006, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance released this report on a set of best practices and a certification system developed through a partnership between public- and private-sector development interests. The Redevelopment Ready Communities program Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer encourages mature suburbs to bolster their competitive attractiveness by making the development process more efficient and less complicated. The program helps cities acquire the skills, knowledge, and methods that enable them to compete for redevelopment opportunities. This system for certifying communities as "redevelopment ready" benefits both older communities struggling to revitalize themselves and developers. The publication includes the scoring system used to rate a community's redevelopment climate and the strategies a community may adopt to improve it.
Redevelopment Ready CommunitiesSM: Best Practices and Scoring System (PDF) (30 pp, 660 K)

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City of Gary, Indiana, awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment

On April 5, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the city of Gary, Indiana. The city of Gary will review the city's municipal codes and ordinances and identify local regulatory barriers to brownfield redevelopment. Upon completion of its review, the city will revise and adopt new codes that will incorporate smart growth practices and principles to brownfields and infill redevelopment and greenspace protection and restoration in the city. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBF-04, Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment RFIP) which was issued June 23, 2004. Proposals were due August 24, 2004.

Update: In Fall 2008, the Gary City Council approved changes to its zoning code based on options provided through this cooperative agreement. These changes are the culmination of an extensive public participation process to review and understand how the existing development regulations were not enabling the community to growth in a manner consistent with smart growth principles. To facilitate this process, a smart growth matrix was devised to identify where the existing zoning code was successful in promoting smart growth principles and where updates needed to be made. Using this matrix led to specific code changes. The matrix and the updated zoning code are here:
Land Use Matrix (Gary Zoning Code) (PDF) (17 pp, 2.7MB, About PDF)

As an extension to the project, the Planning and Black Community Division of the American Planning Association provided technical assistance to the Local Organizing Committee, a group of interests working for the revitalization of Gary. With the assistance of a national team of experts, the Local Organizing Committee was provided with strategies and ideas for a more context-sensitive development pattern for Broadway corridor. It is expected that ideas will help increase opportunities for investment along this important and culturally rich corridor. Read the Vision for Broadway report at: http://www.planning.org/divisions/blackcommunity/pdf/garyindinana.pdf Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

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Lawrence Community Works awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment

On May 31, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to Lawrence Community Works (LCW) in Lawrence, MA. The funding will support the Reviviendo Gateway Initiative (RGI), a successful community planning effort that is transforming the city of Lawrence through infill and brownfield redevelopment, through community planning charrettes to create new community green space, cleaning up contaminated and vacant properties, and aligning local regulatory reforms to state smart growth incentives. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBF-04, Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment RFIP) which was issued June 23, 2004. Proposals were due August 24, 2004.

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Save the Bay, Inc. awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment

On April 20, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to Save the Bay, Inc., in Providence, Rhode Island. Save the Bay will use the funding to support a project that uses smart growth principles to improve the regulatory and administrative climate that governs the development of coastal brownfields. Save the Bay will review existing regulations, analyze the history of their own redevelopment project, conduct outreach workshops on coastal brownfield redevelopment, and produce a guidebook that will help facilitate future coastal brownfield redevelopment projects that are environmentally responsible. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBF-04, Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment RFIP). Proposals were due August 24, 2004.

Update: Under this cooperative agreement, Save the Bay Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer reviewed existing regulations, analyzed the history of its own redevelopment project, and conducted discussions with local and statewide stakeholders interested in improving the climate for coastal brownfield redevelopment. Click here to learn more about the products from this grant.

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Louisiana Regional Planning Commission awarded cooperative agreement for Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment

On April 12, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Louisiana Regional Planning Commission. RPC will apply smart growth principles and community-based approaches to look at environmentally friendly redevelopment of a lakefront study area that lies in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Upon completion of its analysis, RPC will conduct a site plan analysis, community charrette, and economic feasibility and transportation studies and create a policy document for use as a smart growth template for other regional infill sites. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBF-04, Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment RFIP) which was issued June 23, 2004. Proposals were due August 24, 2004.

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Urban Land Institute (ULI) awarded cooperative agreement for Regional Networks for Smart Growth

On May 7, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Urban Land Institute to create or expand three or more regional networks of diverse groups, including developer interests, environmental groups, business groups, citizen activist groups, public agencies, and other stakeholders, that work together to research, identify, and support smart growth projects and public policies that encourage environmentally sound development. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGNET-04, Regional Networks for Smart Growth RFIP). Proposals were due August 30, 2004.

Update: Several products have come out of this agreement, including support for new and existing regional alliances, a web site to help alliances learn from each other, and case studies showcasing innovative programs from ULI's Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer district councils. Click here to learn more about the regional smart growth alliances.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) awarded cooperative agreement for Reuse and Revitalization of Vacant and Abandoned Properties

On Sept. 15, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to launch a knowledge-sharing initiative to develop and replicate valuable lessons, effective practices, successful programs, and innovative policies that advance vacant property reclamation, which can reduce environmental impacts compared to developing on greenfields. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGVAC-04, Making Smart Growth Work: Reuse and Revitalization of Vacant and Abandoned Properties RFIP). Proposals were due October 4, 2004.

Update: The National Vacant Properties Campaign (NVPC) launched a web portal in January 2006 to connect local, regional, and national smart growth, environmental, and community development stakeholders with information, experts, and cost-effective training. The portal is an important tool for building a network to support the campaign as it fosters increased collaboration and information exchange among the many diverse organizations currently working on this issue around the country. The campaign has produced several publications, which are available on its Web site, including Vacant Properties: The True Costs to Communities (PDF) (24 pp, 1.6 MB) Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer. Note: The NVPC is now the Center for Community Progress Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

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University of Louisville awarded cooperative agreement for Study of Smart Growth Policies That Spur Brownfields Redevelopment

On May 23, 2005, EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the University of Louisville to study smart growth policies that can be used to spur brownfields revitalization. The study will identify successful smart growth policies and projects that have catalyzed brownfields redevelopment, which can clean up environmental contamination, use land more efficiently, and take development pressure off undeveloped land. The award was made under a competitive Request for Initial Grant Proposals (SGBFS-05, Study of Smart Growth Policies That Spur Brownfields Redevelopment RFIP). Proposals were due October 26, 2004.

Update: In November 2006, the Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville produced a publication that examines planning strategies, financial incentives and financing options, and institutional practices that can help promote brownfield redevelopment.
Connecting Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment (PDF) (24 pp., 725 K)

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