Smart Growth and Sustainable Land Development

Based on the experience of communities around the nation that have used smart growth approaches to create and maintain great neighborhoods, the Smart Growth Network developed a set of ten basic principles: 1) mix land uses, 2) compact building design, 3) diverse housing opportunities, 4) walkable neighborhoods, 5) beautification and a strong sense of place, 6) open space and biodiversity, 7) working with existing communities, 8) diverse transportation options, 9) predictable, air, and cost effective development decisions, 10) community and stakeholder collaboration in development.

Why this Matters

For My Organization

Smart growth helps businesses do more business. Whether it’s recruiting and retaining a reliable workforce, increasing access to jobs through better transportation options, contributing to the economic vitality of downtowns or attracting the millennial generation and creative class, smart growth helps workers, businesses and customers connect.

For New Orleans

Development decisions affect many of the things that touch people's everyday lives - their homes, their health, the schools their children attend, the taxes they pay, their daily commute, the natural environment around them, economic growth in their community, and opportunities to achieve their dreams and goals. What, where, and how communities build will affect their residents' lives for generations to come.

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