What is DVSGA?

The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to making the case for Smart Growth in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2005 to help:

  • Educate the public and local governments about the benefits of Smart Growth
  • Advocate that developers incorporate Smart Growth into development proposals
  • Facilitate support for Smart Growth project proposals during the municipal review process


DVSGA hosts public forums in the spring and fall each year.  Topics and speakers vary; but the seminars are generally sold-out. We’ve hosted national Smart Growth speakers including Professor Don Shoup, recipient of the 2015 American Planning Association award of excellence who addressed the High Cost of Free Parking, and we’ve hosted local speakers like Eric Goldstein, Executive Director of the King of Prussia Business Improvement District where a new Towne Center is taking shape.  For a complete list of past events, click here.


DVSGA promotes walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented development in the urban core, first ring suburbs, and classic town, because Smart Growth supports local economies and protects the environment.  It builds healthy communities with strong local businesses.

Smart Growth communities are where Millennials want to live and make a living; where Boomers might want to retire—nice communities that are easy to get around and have plenty of amenities.

For a complete list of policies and practices DVSGA supports, click here.



The DVSGA facilitates smart growth by recognizing projects in three categories — development, conservation, and policy. Projects are reviewed on a quarterly basis by an independent, regionally diverse jury. Each project that is recognized – in compliance with the DVSGA’s smart growth criteria receives a letter of endorsement and an offer of testimony before local approval authorities. The process is confidential — if a project seeks recognition and is not recognized, it is not disclosed.

Projects that receive DVSGA recognition are those which foster regional growth and redevelopment in a manner that achieves important economic, environmental and quality of life objectives. By highlighting the potential of smart growth projects to add value to the region, the DVSGA hopes to encourage developers, business organizations, citizen groups and elected officials to strive for smart growth solutions.

Previously recognized Smart Growth Projects

Applications for Smart Growth recognition




“The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance has brought together groups who are often adversaries to each other, including environmentalists and developers.”

– New Urban News