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Many times, when I see references to smart growth, new urbanism, or other new planning trends and practices, the words are capitalized. I tend not to capitalize them, since they're not proper nouns, and they don't fit the qualifications for capitalization that I've seen under the AP and Chicago stylebooks.Procedures
Do not capitalize names of planning procedures such as preliminary plat, final plat, or plan amendment, unless when used as part of a development or project name.
Staff recommends approval of the Preliminary Plat.
Staff recommends approval of the preliminary plat.
Staff recommends approval of Lakeview Subdivision Phase 2.
Legalese; avoid. Use use.
Some clarification regarding the proper use of terms like smart growth/Smart Growth would be welcome.