Smart Growth 101 Series

Smart Growth America’s Smart Growth 101 series is our introduction to a smart growth approach. These one- and two-day workshops are typically geared toward local elected officials and public sector employees, but can be tailored to engage other participants such as business leaders, non-profit organizations, and community residents. We offer 11 types of 101 workshops, click to learn more:

This workshop focuses on implementing a Complete Streets policy, and is designed to help three municipalities within the same state, providing technical details and leadership training related to Complete Streets implementation and performance measures.

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This workshop identifies specific development, land use, and transportation planning techniques that communities can use to reduce their carbon footprints. The workshop includes interactive exercises, and information about tools the community can use to monitor their carbon progress.

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This data-based model examines a variety of public revenues and costs to help calculate how compact development strategies could help a local government’s bottom line. The model illustrates the connection between local land use planning and regulations and the future economic and fiscal health of municipalities and regions.

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An introductory overview of smart growth development strategies that will introduce participants to the ten principles of smart growth development, and explore how those principles could be applied in the host community.

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This one-day program tackles specific issues like fee-in-lieu payments, on-street parking, shared parking or paid parking, among others. In some cases, a parking audit can help a community address much broader issues such as petroleum dependency and sustainability. Parking audits provide a neutral setting where an impartial parking expert can evaluate local policies and practices and offer advice based on the state of the practice, with an emphasis on what works well and what should be avoided. The audit can be community-wide or can focus on a specific district.

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This workshop teaches participants how to save money now, reduce fiscal liabilities for the future and spur local economic development, and provides examples of public and private projects that have successfully achieved these goals in the past. The workshop then shows how to apply these lessons in your community using an interactive and hands-on method.

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This workshop brings together elected officials and their senior staff, community leaders, downtown business owners developers, agency officials, planners, engineers, and legal experts in order to facilitate a dialogue on how to create a thriving downtown.

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Land use code audits examine 10-12 sustainability issues – including energy conservation, renewable energy, and community health – chosen by the community and provide an assessment of barriers and regulatory gaps in the codes to attaining community sustainability goals in these areas and potential implementation strategies.

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This workshop provides attendees with an understanding of what transit-oriented development is and what makes for successful projects.

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An introduction to transportation system performance measurement and reporting. Based on broad, inclusive public conversations about desired future conditions, communities can establish objectives-driven planning, programming and design processes, coupled with monitoring and reporting methods, that improve the accountability and effectiveness of their transportation programs and systems.

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This workshop focuses on the power of LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) to accelerate green economic development. The workshop will help participants identify ND-eligible lands, how to catalyze projects on those lands, and how to amend land-use and transportation plans to expand eligible land supply and improve vicinity conditions so as to increase achievable ND points.

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