Key Planning Principles
Below are some of the leading visions and frameworks
that are emerging to help reshape and guide community land use
decisions toward sustainability and quality of life.
for Better Land Use Policy
The National Governors' Association offers these
principles to promote smart growth and open space preservation.
Guide on Smart Growth
The American Planning Association adopted this policy guide
in 2002. It includes a statement of smart growth principles
and definitions, as well as specific motions and outcomes.
Principles of Smart
Members of Minnesota's
Smart Growth Network endorse these ten principles.
A highly acclaimed set of community and regional principles
developed by a leading group of architects and urban planners to assist
local government officials in planning for quality of life and sustainability.
An urban design reform movement to restore urban centers,
build cohesive neighborhoods and districts, conserve natural environments,
and preserve the legacy of our built environment.
Ecological Landscape Planning
A procedure for studying the biophysical and sociocultural
systems of a place to reveal where a specific land use may be best practiced.
Use Agenda for 21st Century America
A ten-item agenda for sustainable land use practices
to promote stewardship, quality development, and environmental
progress. The agenda appears in Land Use in America, (available
Press) the report on the Sustainable Use of Land Project
by Henry L. Diamond and Patrick F. Noonan. The agenda was developed
through collaboration and consultation with planners, conservationists,
mayors, corporate chief executives, builders, farmers, and policy
Six principles that are considered good growth practices by
the Sacramento Region Blueprint, a joint effort of the Sacramento
Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and Valley Vision.
Growth Principles (PDF)
A set of eight principles used by the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative
to define smart growth.
Community Design Principles
Seven principles put forth by the Florida Center in its report Transportation,
Land Use and Sustainability, describing the backbones of a theory
of sustainable community design.
Last updated December 2, 2004
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