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EPA New England's Smart Growth Program

Smart Growth

From Grey to Green: Sustainable Practices for Redeveloping a Vacant Shopping Center, January 2010 (PDF) (30 pp, 24.7 MB, about PDF)
Find information about how an abandoned shopping center can be redeveloped using low impact development practices for stormwater management as well as green building practices. A site in Manchester, CT is used to demonstrate how to 'green' a 'greyfield.'

Smart growth is development that strengthens New England's communities while preserving open space and our working landscapes. Smart growth changes the debate from "growth/no-growth" to "how and where should new development be accommodated?" Smart growth also is an innovative approach to addressing EPA's environmental mandates since current patterns of development - sprawl and urban decay - impose significant environmental costs. Our Smart Growth Program involves working with diverse partners to help shape land use and growth so that it serves the economy, the community, and the environment.

Smart Growth Principles

  • 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

EPA New England's Smart Growth Program is focused on:

  1. helping EPA programs support environmentally-sensitive development;
  2. creating smart growth transportation solutions;
  3. promoting infill and redevelopment;
  4. encouraging development regulations that promote smart growth;
  5. supporting state initiatives to implement smart growth.

For information and resources on smart growth, go to www.epa.gov/smartgrowth or contact Rosemary Monahan (monahan.rosemary@epa.gov or 617-918-1087), Smart Growth Coordinator.

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