Project Scorecard Template - America

INTRODUCTION ii
The Goals of Smart Growth
Smart growth can help communities achieve their shared vision by
building on these goals:
Healthier, Safer Communities
The central goal of any smart growth plan or project is to improve
the quality of the neighborhoods where we live. Our efforts should
make our communities healthier, safer, more convenient, more
attractive and more affordable.
Protecting the Environment
Neighborhoods designed to reduce our dependence on
automobiles also reduce our impact on the environment. By
creating streetscapes that encourage walking or biking, we create
opportunities for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint.
Better Access, Less Traffic
Mixing land uses, clustering development, and providing multiple
transportation choices helps us to encourage healthier lifestyles,
manage congestion, pollute less and save energy.
Thriving Cities, Suburbs And Towns
By guiding development to existing towns and cities, we maximize
our investments in transportation, schools, libraries and other
public services. Our public dollars can serve the communities
where people live today.
Shared Benefits
Building a comprehensive transportation system and locating jobs
and accessible housing within reach of each other expands
opportunities for all income levels.
Lower Costs, Lower Taxes
Taking advantage of existing infrastructure keeps taxes down.
Convenient transportation choices also reduce our household
transportation costs, leaving our families with more money for
other needs.
Keeping Open Space Open
Protecting our natural resources creates healthier air and cleaner
drinking water. From forests and farms to wetlands and wildlife, let
us pass on to our children the landscapes we love.
In practice, smart growth implementation is shaped by ten
principles:
1. Provide a Variety of Transportation Choices
2. Mix Land Uses
3. Create a Range of Housing Opportunities and
Choices
4. Create Walkable Neighborhoods
5. Encourage Community and Stakeholder
Collaboration
6. Foster Distinctive, Attractive Communities with
a Strong Sense of Place
7. Make Development Decisions Predictable, Fair
and Cost Effective
8. Preserve Open Space, Farmland, Natural Beauty
and Critical Environmental Areas
9. Strengthen and Direct Development Towards
Existing Communities
10. Take Advantage of Compact Building Design and
Efficient Infrastructure Design
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