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Smart Growth

Southeastern Massachusetts Smart Growth Audit

The Southeastern Massachusetts Smart Growth Audit (2003), produced by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, the Old Colony Planning Council in Brockton, and the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, is a versatile scorecard for use in the 52 communities in their collective service area. This scorecard is divided into categories that broadly reflect smart growth principles in Massachusetts.

Southeastern Massachusetts Smart Growth Audit Results (2003) displays the results of the assessment of local zoning laws, municipal procedures, and development activity in the 52 communities of southeastern Massachusetts.

  • Issue categories:
    • Encourage growth in existing places
    • Mix compatible land uses
    • Build compactly
    • Provide a range of housing opportunities
    • Create a strong sense of place
    • Preserve open space and critical environmental areas
    • Coordinate public investment
    • Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
  • Number of questions: 48
  • Scale of each rated component: 0 to 2 
  • Summary score: Yes: Smart Growth Approach, Some Aspects of Smart Growth, Not Focused on Smart Growth

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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