What is Smart Growth

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What is Smart Growth?

Smart growth is a holistic approach to urban and regional planning that creates strong communities with a range of housing options and a balanced transportation system. Smart Growth means:

• Preserving open space and limiting sprawl by focusing new development in existing cities and towns
• Creating distinctive, mixed-use places that serve as economic and social centers of the community
• Making it safe and convenient to travel on foot, by bicycle, and transit
• Building in ways that promote energy efficiency and environmental conservation