What is smart growth? As communities around the country embrace the principles of smart growth, this becomes less a question of theory than of implementation. Communities that want to achieve smart-growth objectives need criteria and standards for evaluating the extent to which proposed developments qualify as smart growth.
This report explains how communities can create project rating systems that help them turn smart-growth principles into built projects. It offers examples of ratings systems employed by various organizations, describes their scope and intentions, explains the administrative processes involved, and evaluates their effectiveness. It also describes ways such systems can be used to educate the public and officials about smart growth and how some communities are using them in recognition and awards programs.
Table of Contents
Smart Growth: From Principles to Practices
What Smart Growth Is and Does
Translating Principles into Practices
Project Rating Systems for Promoting Smart Growth Practices
Organizing for Action
Criteria and Standards for Rating Projects
Decision-Making Procedures for Project Endorsements
Recapping Program Requirements
Effectiveness of Project Rating Systems
Appendix A. Profiles of Selected Sponsors of Project Evaluation Programs
Appendix B. Examples of Smart Growth Criteria and Standards