Smart Growth Principles Achieved: Walkable Neighborhoods

Smart Growth Policy Information
Policy: Adopt comprehensive plans that encourage smart growth

from the Environmental Protection Agency website

Posted 7/8/04

Location: Seattle, Washington

Seattle started work on a growth management plan in 1991, after Washington State passed statewide growth management legislation in 1990. A citizen organization called Sustainable Seattle worked with the City and other groups to ratify a comprehensive plan called ?Toward a Sustainable Seattle? in 1994. The plan identifies four central values of sustainability: Community; Environmental Stewardship; Economic Opportunity and Security; and Social Equity. The plan uses an ?urban village? strategy to promote transit, housing, denser neighborhoods and local decision-making.

Contact Information: City of Seattle Department of Design, Construction and Land Use

700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 233-0079
Fax: Not Available


posted 7/8/04

EPA is releasing a new report that will help communities protect water resources and achieve smart growth. The report presents 75 innovative approaches such as redeveloping abandoned properties, encouraging rooftop gardens, allowing shared parking, and promoting tree planting. Growth and development, including the loss of woodlands, meadowlands, and wetlands, can have adverse effects on water resources. Increases in developed land, including lawns and paved surfaces, can increase polluted run-off. To address these and other impacts, state and local governments are developing smarter approaches to growth. They are looking for, and using, policies and tools that enhance existing neighborhoods, improve schools, protect drinking water, and provide attractive housing and transportation choices. The 75 approaches in this report will help state and local governments and water quality professionals achieve their smart growth and water quality goals. To receive a free copy of the report, send an email to or call 1-800-490-9198 and request EPA publication 231-R-04-002. Read a copy of the report in PDF format (PDF, 120 pp. 1.4MB).

Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation

EPA recently supported the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Smart Growth Network to produce Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation.

This primer provides states and communities with policy options that can be mixed and matched to fit local circumstances, visions, and values, and highlights steps that the private sector can take to encourage more livable communities.

This document follows the format of the first volume, but with an entirely new set of 100 policies and more examples and case studies.

Getting to Smart Growth II has an easy-to-read format that includes photographs illustrating elements of smart growth, and a matrix to identify policies that support multiple principles. Along with the first volume of Getting to Smart Growth, this publication will be the cornerstone of any policymaker or smart growth practitioner's reference library.

Download the PDF for Getting to Smart Growth I

Download the PDF for Getting to Smart Growth II



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