A project Directorate, consisting of representatives of national organizations and representatives for the built and natural environments and local government law, plus APA, advised the Growing Smart project team.

The practical counsel of Directorate members was invaluable in guiding the project. Operating under a charter — a set of bylaws for its operation — and working by consensus, the Directorate met 13 times during the course of the project (from 1995 to 2001) to review and suggest changes, including alternatives not previously considered, in drafts of Chapters of the Legislative Guidebook and other work products. Directorate members also reviewed proposals and comments on the project materials from organizations and persons not represented on the Directorate but affected by legislative reform.

Membership on the Directorate did not imply or mean endorsement of any aspect of the Growing Smart project; each member organization retained its right to act independently with respect to any proposal contained in the Guidebook.

At various points in the life of the project from 1994 through 2001, members of the Directorate included (by organization):

American Planning Association

William Klein, AICP, Director of Research, Chicago

Council of Governors' Policy Advisors

Richard Gross, Executive Director, Washington, D.C.

Council of State Community Development Agencies

John Sidor, Executive Director, Washington, D.C.
Kimberly Dellinger, Chief, Division of Housing Policy Development, California Department of Housing and Community Development, Sacramento

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Barbara Gray, Massachusetts State Representative, (retired), Framingham, Massachusetts
Larry Morandi, Director, Environment, Energy, and Transportation Program, NCSL, Denver
Douglas Farquhar, Program Principal, NCSL, Denver
The Hon. Myron Orfield, Jr., Minnesota State Representative, Minneapolis

National Association of Counties

Charles Compton, AICP, Planning Director, Lexington County, South Carolina
James Davenport, AICP, Research Associate, NACO, Washington, D.C.
Haron Battle, Associate Legislative Director for Community and Economic Development, Washington, D.C.
Karen Jackson Sims, AICP, Director, Community Affairs/Intergovernmental Relations, Manatee County Government, Bradenton, Florida

National Association of Regional Councils

William Dodge, Former Executive Director, NARC, Washington, D.C., and Principal, Regional Excellence Consulting, Bethesda, Maryland
Kenneth Sulzer, AICP, Executive Director (retired), San Diego Association of Governments, San Diego
John Epling, AICP, Former Executive Director, NARC

National Association of Towns and Townships

Joan Buser, Township Supervisor (retired), Oakland Township, Rochester, Michigan, now of Flat Rock, North Carolina
Elam Herr, Director of Legislation, Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Kenneth Grieder, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

National Governors Association

Evan Richert, AICP, Director, Maine State Planning Office, Augusta, Maine
Barbara Wells, Program Director, Energy and Environment, National Governors Association, Washington, D.C.

National League of Cities

Donald Borut, Executive Director, Washington, D.C.
H. Bernard Waugh, Jr., Former General Counsel, New Hampshire Municipal Association, Concord, New Hampshire, and Attorney, Gardner and Fulton, Lebanon, New Hampshire

U.S. Conference of Mayors

Daniel Kemmis, Director, Center for the Rocky Mountain West, Missoula, Montana
Eugene Lowe, Assistant Executive Director, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington, D.C.
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director, Washington, D.C.

Member-at-Large for the Built Environment

Paul Barru, BHI Inc., Littleton, Colorado, and Former Chair, National Association of Home Builders Land Development Committee, Washington, D.C.

Member-at-Large for Local Government Law

Henry Underhill, Jr., Executive Ddirector, International Municipal Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C.
Benjamin Brown, Attorney, Baltimore

Member-at-Large for the Natural Environment

James McElfish, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.
William Futrell, President, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.