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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.


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

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

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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