What is Smart Growth?

Yarmouth Concept Drawing 

Essentially, smart growth values sustainability by favoring long-range, regional thinking over short-term fixes.

Our definition of smart growth is expanded in our Strategic Plan: “Smart growth provides choices in how communities respond to growth and change. We work to revitalize historic neighborhoods and vibrant communities well-suited for residents of all ages, to foster entrepreneurs and creative thinkers, and to provide a safe and inclusive place to raise children. We advocate for a balance of business regulations in tandem with environmental regulations, allowing Maine’s economy to grow and prosper while conserving and enriching our beautiful and productive natural spaces. We support the continuation of traditional livelihoods like fishing, farming and forestry; keeping Maine families working their heritage and making it possible for their children to do the same. We provide leadership by convening a broad range of voices in meaningful conversations on how to arrive at common sense solutions as united Mainers. Our goal is to ensure that future generations can prosper and choose to call Maine home.

10 Principles of Smart Growth

  1. Mix land uses
  2. Take advantage of compact building design
  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  4. Create walkable neighborhoods
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices
  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

For more information on these principles and Smart Growth in general, visit: http://smartgrowth.org/why-smart-growth/