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What is smart growth?

"Smart growth" covers a range of development and conservation strategies that help protect our natural environment and make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and more socially diverse. Our About Smart Growth page explains the basic issues addressed by smart growth approaches.

What does the EPA smart growth program do?

The EPA smart growth program helps communities improve their development practices and get the type of development they want. We work with local, state, and national experts to discover and encourage successful, environmentally sensitive development strategies.

What resources does the EPA smart growth program offer to help communities?

The EPA smart growth program:

Where can I find information about grants?

Please go to our Grants and Other Funding page for more information. All the grants that we offer will be announced on that page and on www.grants.gov.

How can I promote smart growth in my community?

This Web site offers many resources, as described above, to help you learn about smart growth and give you tools to help promote environmentally sound, attractive, healthy, and economically strong development in your community. Check our Related Links page for state and local organizations that work on smart growth issues in your region.

What policies and regulations cover smart growth?

Policies and regulations vary from community to community and state to state. Many federal policies, particularly those related to the environment, transportation, and housing, affect how communities develop, but the federal government generally does not directly regulate development. The federal government can help states and municipalities better understand the impacts of development patterns, but development decisions are predominately under state and community jurisdiction.

The Smart Growth Network's Getting to Smart Growth series provides 200 policies that communities can consider implementing to make sure that development happens how and where they want it.

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