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APA Growing Smart Online


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For those interested, the full text of APA's Growing Smart project are available on-line (in PDF format) free of charge.

The URL is:

The press release:

Stuart Meck, FAICP, Principal Researcher, Growing Smart, 312-431-9100
Kim McKeggie or Denny Johnson, APA Public Affairs, 202-872-0611

February 13, 2002

Growing Smart Provides Communities With Modern Planning Options

Chicago — States and local governments now have a new tool available to help combat urban sprawl, protect farmland, promote affordable housing, and encourage redevelopment. The American Planning Association (APA) is pleased to announce the release of the Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change, 2002 Edition.

The Guidebook, edited by Stuart Meck, FAICP, principal researcher for the Growing Smart effort, and its accompanying User Manual are the culmination of APA's seven-year Growing Smart project intended to offer modern planning reform options.

"Every political barometer — polls, legislation, executive orders, budget proposals, and ballot initiatives — indicates that planning reform and smart growth are major state issues," said W. Paul Farmer, AICP, APA executive director. "Planning is essential to achieving smart growth, and the Growing Smart project helps states replace outdated laws and find solutions to issues facing them."

The core of the Guidebook's utility is the variety of statutory options provided for states and communities to pick and choose from. Modern day examples illustrate the pros and cons of legislative alternatives and offer strategies for community involvement and successful implementation.

"In formulating the Guidebook, we tried to anticipate and answer the kinds of practical questions that state lawmakers might raise — what works and why, and under what conditions," said Meck.

The Guidebook includes chapters about a wide range of state, regional, and local planning issues such as regional tax-base sharing, innovative land-use options, incentive systems, traditional neighborhood development, affordable housing, farmland and historic preservation, economic redevelopment, and tax increment financing. The Guidebook contains provisions and commentary on establishing a state biodiversity conservation plan and on integrating state environmental policy acts into local comprehensive planning. The Guidebook shows how to streamline local development permit review practices, making them less cumbersome and more predictable for the average citizen.

The User Manual helps those interested in planning reform navigate through the Guidebook and, by means of checklists and case studies, select from the options available in the Guidebook and tailor a program that will meet the unique needs of their state.

In conjunction with the Guidebook's release, APA is issuing a new national report that shows that smart growth measures are most successful in states where planning statutes have been modernized. The report, Planning for Smart Growth: 2002 State of the States, finds that in many cases outdated planning laws are preventing states from effectively implementing smart growth measures to address urban sprawl, scattered rural development, farmland protection and other issues.

The Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook and companion User Manual may be ordered in hard copy through APA's Planners Book Service. Accompanying them is a CD-ROM containing the full text of both publications (introductory price: $20).

Click on the (URL ABOVE) to download free copies (PDF) of the Guidebook and User Manual, and Planning for Smart Growth: 2002 State of the States.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic and Community Development Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Siemens Corporation and the members of APA provided financial support for the project.

Advising APA on the Growing Smart project was a directorate that included representatives of the Council of State Community Development Agencies, National Conference of State Legislatures, National League of Cities, National Association of Regional Councils, National Association of Towns and Townships, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


Thanks for the link

I downloaded the pdf, one at a time!

Interesting, in the appendix the statements from the directorate of the natural environment and directorate of the built
environment. were quite clear about what they considered major deficiences in the Guidebook.

But nontheless a great start to a national consensus on growth planning !