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Smart Growth

Smart Growth Scorecard: Proposed Development

Smart Growth Scorecard: Proposed Development (2002) is a project-specific assessment tool used to rate development proposals based on general smart growth criteria put forward by New Jersey Future. The questions are arranged in categories that include proximity to existing development and infrastructure, walkability, housing options, mobility, and open space protection. It is useful for a range of projects, but particularly for larger projects.

  • Issue categories:
    • Near existing development and infrastructure
    • Range of housing options
    • Protects open space, farmland, and critical environmental areas
    • Mix of uses
    • Choices for getting around
    • Walkable, designed for personal action
    • Respectful of community character and design
  • Number of questions: 26
  • Scale of each rated component: Varies, weighted 1 - 4
  • Summary score: Yes, letter grades from A - F

See more scorecards to help evaluate municipal-level policies, specific projects, and community components on EPA's Smart Growth Scorecards page.

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