June 9, 2009

Getting to Smart Growth

Report offers guidance on writing and implementing smart growth ordinances and codes.

CHICAGO — A new report published by the American Planning Association (APA) will help communities realize their smart growth objectives. The Planning Advisory Service report Smart Codes: Model Land-Development Regulations provides guidance on updating development regulations and auditing existing plans, local development practices and land-use controls.

Smart growth ordinances offer communities greater opportunities for transportation, mixed use developments, and lifestyles that have positive public health implications. This report describes the smart growth principles formulated by the American Planning Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The report features 18 model ordinances and three model policies. Each model ordinance or policy is preceded by commentary that provides background. Ordinances in the report include live/work arrangements, town centers, pedestrian overlay districts, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and others.

Policy makers including planning commissioners and city council members will find the Smart Codes report useful for familiarizing themselves with land development regulations, types of smart growth ordinances, and methods to incorporate smart growth objectives. Professional planners can use the report to aid in educating others on both land development regulations and the formulation of ordinances that meet smart growth objectives.

Smart Codes: Model Land-Development Regulations was funded by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control.

Smart Codes is available through APA Planningbooks.com for $72. To learn more about the report, visit www.planning.org/research/smartgrowth.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org