Technical Assistance to Cities
Thanks to a generous grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Greenbelt Alliance and a consortium of partners—ForTerra, Envision Minnesota and the Massachusetts Smart GrowthA broad concept that describes a series of principles that encourage development that better serves the economic, environmental and social needs of communities than do many of the principles that have guided development in the post-World War II period. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified the following ten principles of smart growth: 1. Mix land uses 2. Take advantage of compact building design 3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices 4. Create walkable neighborhoods 5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place 6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas 7. Strengthen and direct development toward existing communities 8. Provide a variety of transportation choices 9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective 10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions Alliance—will help local communities create more housing choices, design healthy neighborhoods, and increase economic vitality.
Want to host a forum, take residents on a tour, or evaluate where development should or should not go? These are some of the ways Greenbelt Alliance can help city or county staff.