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What is Smart Growth


Carole M. Browner

Smart Growth is based on a vision of strong communities, a vibrant economy, a healthy environment, and respect among people - all being achieved together.

What is Smart Growth
Under a Smart Growth approach, land and resources are used wisely to allow for healthy growth. Compact, attractive development is encouraged where it can happen best, while urban sprawl and destruction of habitat or special places are avoided. Schools, parks, open space, transportation, and other community needs are planned so many people, regardless of income, can benefit. Businesses are thriving. Air and water are clean. A sense of community and personal respect helps guide what people do.

Smart Growth is being discussed across the nation. Through a variety of techniques, including incentives, programs, partnerships, education, and budget choices, it becomes reality.

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