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Smart Growth

TND Design Rating System, Version 2.2

TND Design Rating System, Version 2.2 (2005) by Laurence Aurbach is a comprehensive, project-level assessment tool to help users rate development projects in a range of places and make comparisons between proposed development projects. The tool is also designed to teach the basic tenets of traditional neighborhood development (TND).

  • Issue categories:
    • Housing choice
    • Mixed use
    • Connectivity
    • External connections
    • Proximity
    • Location
    • Streetscapes
    • Civic space
    • Architectural aesthetics
  • Number of questions: 9 (broad categories)
  • Scale of each rated component: 1 to 5, then weighted
  • Summary score: Yes

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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