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strategically directs financial resources toward programs and policies
- development focused on existing communities
- a range of housing choices
- walkable neighborhoods
- attractive communities with a sense of place
- mixed land uses
- preservation of farmland and natural areas
- multiple transportation choices
- compact building design
Sprawl is a post-World
War II land development pattern supported by policies and institutions
- new low density development
- preference for undeveloped land over upgrading or renovating
older buildings and infrastructure
- widespread strip commercial development along roads with extensive
- segregated housing
- segregated land uses
- new wide roads
- utility expansion/extension
- automobile dependency
- large fiscal disparities between localities
- lack of coordinated planning
Challenge to Sprawl Campaign
Congress for the New Urbanism
A collaboration of professionals working to reform North America's urban growth patterns to encourage restoration of existing urban centers, reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, conservation of natural environments and preservation of the built legacy.
Northeast-Midwest Institute Smart Growth
Provides information on smart growth activities in Congress and links to special reports and background papers on smart growth issues.
Smart Growth Network
Provides information and resources on specific issue areas such as economics, environment, infrastructure and regionalism as well as state-by-state information and announcements.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smart Growth Program
Urban Land Institute
Nonprofit research and educational institute whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment.
Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse
Launched in 1998, its mission is to make the tools, techniques, and strategies developed to manage growth accessible to citizens, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, public officials, planners, architects, the media and business leaders.
Smart Communities Network
Great Lakes Region (listed by state/province)
U.S. Department of Energy
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Urban Sprawl in the Great Lakes Region
Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)
An educational module on urban sprawl from GLIN's education section, TEACH Great Lakes.
Illinois Growth Task Force
Campaign for Sensible Growth
Planning with POWER
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program and the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service
Planning with POWER is a statewide educational program that links land use planning with watershed planning at the local level. The project is designed to empower communities to prevent and solve natural resource problems resulting from changing land use in growing watersheds.
Hoosier Environmental Council Smart Growth Initiative
Land Policy Program
Michigan State University
Michigan Land Use Leadership Council
Michigan Land Use Institute
Dedicated to fostering a new approach to economic development that respects the land, the community that inhabits the land and the inherent process of change.
People and Land (PAL)
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
PAL is a funding source for organizations working in land-use education, leadership development, planning model identification and policy development in Michigan.
Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
Provides information on the Minnesota smart growth framework and related state programs.
Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
1,000 Friends of Minnesota
Nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the important connections between our development patterns and the health of our communities and the environment.
New York Quality Communities Clearinghouse
Land Use Law Center
Pace Law School
Dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities in New York State. The Center offers lawyers, land use professionals, citizens and developers assistance that enables them to achieve sustainable development at the local and regional level.
Statewide network of organizations and individuals united to promote smart growth land use and development policies.
EcoCity Cleveland Smart Growth Resources
Provides links to a proposed Ohio Smart Growth Agenda, a Citizens' Bioregional Plan and a number of other resources.
Lake Erie Balanced Growth Program
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
The Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Development, Health and Agriculture. It funds projects that will complete Watershed Balanced Growth Plans.
Ohio Balanced Growth Roundtable
Building upon recommendations from Ohio's Balanced Growth Blue Ribbon Task Force and the Balanced Growth Initiative, the Great Lakes Commission partnered with the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and Michigan State University Extension to host a balanced growth roundtable in January 2005 to promote sustainable land use within the state of Ohio. The roundtable focused on the development of indicators to assess progress of the state's balanced growth programs and activities.
Places to Grow
Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal
Through the Places to Grow Act, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal was granted the overall responsibility for fostering and implementing the government’s long-term plan for growth.
Ontario Smart Growth Network
Pennsylvania Growing Smarter
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Details the DEP policy to consider local land use ordinances and policies when issuing permits.
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
An alliance of organizations and individuals committed to promoting land use policies and actions that will enable Pennsylvania to strengthen its diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities and reduce sprawl.
Wisconsin Comprehensive Planning Law
Division of Intergovernmental Relations
Passed as part of the 1999-2001 Wisconsin biennial budget, and sometimes referred to as the Smart Growth Law, the law defines what a "comprehensive plan" is, outlines procedures for adopting plans, and requires that certain actions, beginning in 2010, be consistent with an adopted plan and creates a comprehensive planning grants program.
1,000 Friends of Wisconsin and the Land Use Institute
1,000 Friends of Wisconsin educates the citizens and policy makers of Wisconsin about the benefits of sound land use planning.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Project contact: Victoria Pebbles, email@example.com