Integrated Land Use Strategies
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Collections of Land Use Success Stories
Land Use Strategies
The Cool Cities initiative launched by Michigan Governor Jennifer
Granholm is an urban redevelopment endeavor aimed at attracting
creative young workers to the state's cities. A series of forums
throughout the state--and an online survey--collected input
on ways to revitalize cities, strengthen the economy, and make
Michigan a magnet state for new job creation and business expansion.
Corridor -- Hartford, Connecticut
Trinity College helped turn around the decline of its neighborhood
by building a $175-million "Learning Corridor," according
to a piece for the Elm Street Writers Group. The development
combines a neighborhood school, job training facility, playing
fields and open space to revitalize what had been an urban area
in serious decline. The "Learning Corridor" has become
a model for other communities that want to avoid "school
sprawl" that pushes neighborhood schools to suburbs accessible
only by car.
In 2001, the City of Carlsbad created formal policies and a
comprehensive program addressing livable streets and neighborhoods.
The program includes four components: livable streets, traffic
calming, planned development, and neighborhood design standards.
The City of Carlsbad published a number of "Avenues"
documents (PDF) in 2002, explaining the City's approach and
policies on various issues, including smart growth, open space,
and growth management.
Civano – Tucson,
An 820-acre traditional neighborhood development designed to
promote economic growth while maintaining important social values
and ecological harmony. Civano buildings use the best available
technology to reduce energy and water demands. The project also
focuses on land-use planning and sustainable transportation
design. Also see Civano
Sustainable Community Project.
Corporation – Boulder, Colorado
Profiles the redevelopment of the former Stapleton International
Airport site, near Denver. The project involves constructing
a community of urban villages, employment centers, and greenways
that focus on sustainability, environmental preservation, and
economic and social development.
Village Homes Sustainable Community
– Davis, California
Discusses a 68-acre model development which includes community
gardens and greenways in an innovative, sustainable design.
– Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota
Details this new 64-home residential development focusing on
ecological land use. Jackson Meadow has a "commitment to
create a sustainable environment that respects the unique nature
of this special place." The development is combined with
more than 100 acres of open space for people and wildlife, and
includes a communally constructed wetlands, and natural ponding
for water filtration and runoff.
Lake Tahoe Regional Plan
– Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Describes the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s measures to manage
land use, development density, rate of urban growth, percentage
of land coverage, and excavation activities.
Grand Valley Metropolitan
Council – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) is an alliance of governmental
units in the Grand Rapids, Michigan metropolitan area that are
appointed to plan for growth and development, improve the quality
of community life, and coordinate governmental services. Through
joint planning they coordinate land use planning with transportation
and other systems.
The Vail Environmental Strategic
Plan – Vail, Colorado
Describes a program that was adopted to maintain and improve
environmental quality in the Vail Valley and to ensure the prolonged
economic health of the region. Efforts include monitoring
and improving air and water quality, preserving open space,
and protecting the area’s natural wildlife.
Haymount Town Development
– Haymount, Virginia
Explains a new development that focuses on New Urbanism, a form
of planning that puts pedestrians first and focuses on "recapturing
the street as a part of the public realm." Only one-third of
the 1,650-acre site will be developed; the rest will remain
as forested lands, wetlands, and farming areas.
Manchester Planning and Zoning Program
– Manchester, Vermont
Describes a program to avoid urban sprawl and sustainably manage development.
Town of Dunn Land Use Plan – McFarland,
Profiles a land use plan for growth management through zoning restrictions,
lot size limits, conservation easements, and the purchase of development
Plan – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Describes a comprehensive open-space preservation plan in Philadelphia.
in Action – San Francisco Bay Area
This online publication from the Association of Bay Area Governments
profiles smart growth case studies.
Growing Smarter – Pennsylvania
In support of the Growing Smarter initiative, the Governor's
Center for Local Government Services offers technical and financial
assistance to encourage sound land management practices. An
online library offers a clearinghouse of land use regulations
of Farmland Preservation – State of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms and acres
of farmland protected. Counties work with the State in this
Farmland Preservation –
Profiles the Franklin Land Trust’s efforts and accomplishments
in preserving farmland in New England.
Farmland Trust – Regional Offices
The regional offices of American Farmland Trust offer a variety
of publications, tours and other events that highlight successful
farmland preservation activities.
New Jersey Enacts New Brownfields
Describes the perceived benefits of New Jersey's new brownfield redevelopment
Case Studies – Carnegie Mellon University's Brownfield Project
Provides links to Brownfield case studies conducted by Carnegie
Brownfield Success Stories
A publication from the Northeast-Midwest Institute profiles
success stories from Akron, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis,
Minnesota; Fort Collins, Colorado; Mesa, Arizona; and Meadville,
Pennsylvania in overcoming challenges encountered, and creative
solutions sought by communities facing brownfields blight.
Success Stories – U.S. Environmental Protection
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative reports
the successes from a number of specialized brownfields-related
– Arlington, VA
Promotes more urbane, livable cities through the creation of
parks that are collectively owned and managed by the neighbors
whose homes and backyards, decks, patios, and balconies enclose
the green. According to Community Greens, such parks have multiple
benefits: "accessible and safe play spaces for children,
community building, increased safety and security and property
values, and a prime antidote to sprawl by making city living
more attractive, especially to families with children."
Sustainability Plan – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Describes Philadelphia’s sustainability plan, which emphasizes
the preservation of open space.
for Public Land – Local Programs
Trust for Public Land's website contains descriptions of state
and regional conservation programs from acoss the nation, in
which TPL has helped agencies and communities protect more than
a million acres in 45 states.
of Land Use Success Stories
Washington Smart Growth Alliance Recognition Program
Recognition helps projects consistent with smart
growth principles get approved, by highlighting the merits these projects would bring to a community
and the region.
10 Most Enlightened Suburbs
Compiled by author Peter Katz and Utne editor Jay Walljasper,
this list represents communities that manifest civic spirit
Award for Smart Growth Achievement
Winners of EPA's 2004 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
are briefly profiled. Winners from 2003 are also featured online.
A special website from the Project for Public Spaces highlights the careers and achievements of individuals who have captured people's imagination about creating great places in every community.
This November 2001 book from Natural Resources Defense Council
offers 35 real-world stories, about how people in cities, suburbs,
and rural areas have found profitable, community-oriented alternatives
to sprawl. Online excerpts include profiles from Dallas, Texas,
Hillsboro, Oregon, and Montgomery County, Maryland.
success stories on other sites
Provides links to success stories on a wide variety of sustainable
development topics, including Land Use Planning.
Last updated: February 10, 2005
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