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Title: Smart Growth 101


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Smart Growth 101
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About Us Mission How We Get it Done
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About Us
  • Statewide non-profit organization
  • Diverse coalition of interests

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Mission
  • Promote patterns of development that
  • - Revitalize city town centers
  • - Preserve historic, cultural and natural
    resources
  • - Expand economic opportunity for all Rhode
    Islanders

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How We Get it Done
  • Policy Reform / Advocacy
  • Outreach / Education
  • Helping Municipalities

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Website
Monthly e-news
Printed Newsletter
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What is Sprawl?
Sprawl is irresponsible development that wastes
tax dollars, destroys farmland and open space,
and encourages neglect of existing infrastructure
and community resources.
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What is Smart Growth?
Smart growth is well-planned development that
protects open space and farmland, revitalizes
communities, keeps housing affordable and
provides more transportation choices.
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What Smart Growth Is And Is Not
More transportation choices and less traffic
Not against cars and roads
Vibrant cities, suburbs and towns
Not anti-suburban
Wider variety of housing choices
Not about telling people where or how to live
Not against growth
Well-planned growth that improves quality of life
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Smart Growth is Defined by Outcomes
  • Neighborhood Livability
  • Better Access, Less Traffic
  • Thriving Cities Town Centers
  • Shared Benefits
  • Lower Costs, Lower Taxes
  • Keeping open Space open

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Neighborhood Livability
  • Quality of Life
  • Safe, Convenience, Attractive, Affordable

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Better Access, Less Traffic
  • Convenience
  • Transportation Choices

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Everything is a Drive Away
Suburban parents spend 17 full days a
year behind the wheel, more than the average
parent spends dressing, bathing and feeding a
child. Source Surface
Transportation Policy Project
Schools
Shops
Home
Recreation
Workplace
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Thriving City Town Centers
  • Investment in existing centers
  • Sense of place.

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Shared Benefits
  • Choices
  • Growth is only be Smart if it benefits the many,
    not just the few

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Lower Costs, Lower Taxes
  • Sprawl costs more money
  • Existing infrastructure conserves resources and
    keeps taxes down

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Keeping Open Space Open
  • Smart growth protects open space, farmland and
    forests

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How is Smart Growth Achieved?
To achieve Smart Growth, communities should
  • Mix Land Uses
  • Encourage Growth in Existing City Town Centers
  • Take Advantage of Existing Community Assets
  • Housing Opportunities and Choices
  • Foster Walkable Close-Knit Neighborhoods
  • Promote a Distinctive Sense of Place through
    Preservation
  • Preserve Protect Open Space, Farmland,
    Critical Environmental Areas
  • Provide a variety of Transportation Choices
  • Make Development Decisions Predictable, Fair and
    Cost-Effective
  • Encourage Citizen Participation in Development
    Decisions

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Sprawl Vs. Smart Growth
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Sprawl Vs. Smart Growth
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So, how can YOU make a difference?
  • Be informed
  • See alternatives / opportunities
  • Get involved
  • Help us build awareness
  • Encourage young people realize they can make a
    difference in shaping their communities

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www.growsmartri.com
Grow Smart Rhode Island 235 Promenade Street,
550 Providence, RI 02908 273-5711 Jflaherty_at_grows
martri.com
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