Free Smart Growth  Publications from EPA
                 and Smart Growth  Network Partners
These publications can be downloaded from the links provided. To order free hard copies, contact
EPA's publications center, by email at or by phone at (800) 490-9198, and
request the publication by its 9-digit EPA number. Questions? Call EPA's Development,
Community, and Environment Division at (202) 566-2878 or email
                This Is Smart Growth (Smart Growth Network and International City/County Management Association,
                2006): This publication illustrates how communities can turn their values, visions, and aspirations into
                reality, using smart growth techniques to improve development. It features 40 places around the country,
                from cities to suburbs to small towns to rural areas, that have found success by implementing smart
                growth principles. Thirty-two national organizations that work on community design and development,
                environmental protection, and public health have approved this booklet.

                Available at:

                Getting to Smart Growth (Smart Growth Network and International City/County Management
                Association, 2002): Featuring 100 distinct and real-world-tested approaches, the report identifies ten poli-
                cies for each of the ten smart growth principles and provides more than 60 "Practice Tips" to describe the
                experience of communities that have used these policies. The document provides a starting point for
                community leaders to engage citizens in improving their communities. Also available in Spanish.

                Available at:
                Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation (Smart Growth Network and
                International City/County Management Association, 2003): This second volume of the popular Getting to
                Smart Growth describes more concrete techniques to put the ten smart growth principles into practice.
                Also available in Spanish.

                Available at:
 Smart 'Growth
National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement: Each year, EPA recognizes communities that use the
principles of smart growth to create places that respect community culture and the environment, foster
economic development, and enhance quality of life and public health. Booklets containing illustrated case
studies of the winners from 2002 to 2007 are available.

Available at:
2007: EPA 231-K-07-001        2004: Available online only
2006: Available online only      2003: Available online only
2005: EPA 231-K-05-001        2002: Available online only

                  Parking Spaces / Community Places: Finding the Balance Through Smart Growth Solutions (EPA,
                  2006): Parking policies and requirements can have a strong influence on both the built and natural envi-
                  ronments in a community. A better understanding of this influence is an important step toward smarter
                  growth. The approaches described in this report can help communities explore new, flexible parking poli-
                  cies that can encourage growth and balance parking needs with other goals.

                  Available at:
                  Turning Bases Into Great Places: New Life for Closed Military Facilities (EPA, 2006): The challenges of
                  having a military base close may seem daunting, but many communities have transformed former bases
                  into valuable assets. This guidebook discusses how to create a vision for former installations that provides
                  housing and transportation choices, creates a mix of jobs and housing, and makes the most of natural

                  Available at:

                  Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development (EPA, 2006): This study helps commu-
                  nities better understand the impacts of higher and lower density development on water resources. The
                  findings indicate that low-density development may not always be best for protecting water resources.

                  Available at:
Growing Towatd More Efficient Water Use:
 Linking Development, Itifraitiucture,
   and Drinking Water Policies
Growing Toward More Efficient Water Use: Linking Development. Infrastructure, and Drinking
Water Policies (EPA, 2006): Growth affects the costs of water infrastructure, demand for water, and the
efficiency of water delivery. However, water policies also influence growth decisions and outcomes. This
report examines ways to accommodate growth while keeping water consumption and distribution costs
down, as well as water policies that support this type of growth.

Available at:
EPA 230-R-06-001
  Stormwater Best
    qement Practices
Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices (EPA, 2005): To comply
with the Clean Water Act, more than 6,000 communities across the nation are developing municipal
Stormwater permitting programs. This publication reviews nine smart growth techniques and explains
how they can  prevent or manage Stormwater runoff. This  publication will help communities encourage
smarter growth and meet the new regulatory requirements.

Available at:
                  Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth (EPA, 2004): This publication compiles 75 policies to
                  help communities, local governments, and state and regional planners who are already familiar with
                  smart growth and are seeking ideas on how to protect their water resources. These policies improve com-
                  munities while protecting water quality.

                  Available at:

                  Schools for Successful Communities: An Element of Smart Growth (Council of Educational Facility
                  Planners International and EPA, 2004): Over the next few decades, thousands of schools around the coun-
                  try will be built and renovated. Where and how schools are built will profoundly affect the environment
                  and the communities they serve. This publication helps communities invest in schools that will give their
                  children the best possible education, use taxpayer dollars wisely, and improve the quality of life for the
                  entire community.

                  Available at:
                  Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting (EPA, 2003): This study provides important
                  information about how the location of a school affects how its students get to it. It shows that school sit-
                  ing and design can influence traffic congestion, air pollution, school transportation budgets, and chil-
                  dren's health. This research provides a basis for making sound school investment decisions that will lead
                  to the high-quality schools and neighborhoods we all desire.

                  Available at:
                  Available online only

                  Our Built and Natural Environments (EPA, 2001): This publication examines trends in land use and their
                  environmental impacts, then explores how different development patterns and practices can minimize
                  environmental damage.

                  Available at:
                  Available online only
The following publications can be downloaded at the links provided. Hard copies can be requested
by calling EPA's Development, Community, and Environment Division at (202) 566-2878 or emailing
  Affordable Housing
  and Smart Growth
    Makitg the Cfaoeosn
Creating Great Neighborhoods: Density in Your Community (Local Government Commission, EPA,
National Association of Realtors, 2003): Building great dense places with good design is a practical
approach to growth that is being used in diverse places across the country.This publication highlights
successful community-led efforts to create vibrant neighborhoods through density, illustrates connec-
tions between smart growth and density, and introduces five time-tested design principles to ensure that
density improves the community.

Available at:

Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection (National Neighborhood Coalition
and Smart Growth Network, 2001): This report provides case studies of towns, cities, and states that have
benefited from smart growth approaches that make more affordable housing available. The approaches
represent a range of options for public, private, and nonprofit sector members to consider as they use the
principles of smart growth to create more affordable housing  in their communities.

Available at:

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Pedestrian and Transit-Friendly Design: A Primer for Smart Growth (International City/County
Management Association and Smart Growth Network, 1999): This primer is based on a manual prepared for
the Florida Department of Transportation and the American Planning Association. It suggests design ele-
ments that make walking and transit use easier and more comfortable, offering illustrations of key features.

Available at:
                   Why Smart Growth: A Primer (International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth
                   Network, 1999): This primer describes the environmental, economic, social, and governmental costs of
                   poorly planned growth and explains why smart growth practices can be more efficient.

                   Available at:
                   Best Development Practices: A Primer for Smart Growth (International City/County Management
                   Association and Smart Growth Network, 1998): This primer is based on a book prepared originally for
                   Florida's Department of Community Affairs and updated for the American Planning Association. It
                   describes land use practices that create attractive communities, offer more transportation choices, and
                   protect the environment. Exemplary development projects illustrate the principles described.

                   Available at:
Online Resources

Smart Growth Online:
Smart Growth Online is a web-based clearinghouse of smart growth news, events, information, and resources. Developed and
funded with EPA assistance, this site is designed to advance public understanding of smart growth principles and how growth
can make communities economically, socially, and environmentally stronger.

Smart Growth Illustrated: www.epa.qov/smartqrowth/case.htm
It is often easier to communicate ideas about density, design, walkability, and housing and transportation choice with pictures
than with words alone. Smart Growth Illustrated provides visual examples of smart growth techniques as they have been used
in 20 different places around the country.

Smart Growth Scorecards:
Various organizations and municipalities have developed scorecards that help communities assess their development policies
and proposed projects. To share these resources with citizens, municipal officials, and communities, EPA has collected and
organized this set of sample scorecards.

Model Course Prospectuses: Teaching smart growth at colleges and universities:
Colleges and universities can  help local governments address development challenges with technical, intellectual, and institu-
tional  resources. Faculty members in applied programs often can organize courses that give students hands-on experience
helping communities meet their environmental, economic, and other goals. To facilitate such work, EPA has compiled sample
university course prospectuses.
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