Smart Growth

Smart Growth Program & Grant
Smart growth is an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement. The Smart Growth Program offers state and local REALTOR® Associations a way to engage with government officials, community partners and the general public in planning and designing their community’s future.

Ten Principles of Smart Growth
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.    Take advantage of compact building design
3.    Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
4.    Create walkable neighborhoods
5.    Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
6.    Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
7.    Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
8.    Provide a variety of transportation choices
9.    Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
10.  Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

Smart Growth Action Grant
Smart Growth Action Grants support a wide range of land-use and transportation-related activities. These activities must support REALTOR® engagement in land-use and/or transportation-related community issues with the primary goal of affecting public policies that support development that meets one or more of the 10 Smart Growth Principles. The project should also raise the profile of REALTORS® as community leaders and enhance REALTOR® relationships with local elected officials.

For more information visit: NAR's Smarth Growth Program & Grant




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