SMART GROWTH TOOLS

Smart growth theory becomes practice through redevelopment strategies and zoning policies that channel housing and job growth into urban centers and neighborhood business districts. They create compact, walkable, and bike- and transit-friendly hubs. This typically requires local governments to implement code changes that allow for increased density and relaxed parking regulations that not only eliminate…

SMART GROWTH TRANSPORTATION

The relationship between housing and transportation is key to creating smart growth neighborhoods because the goal is to reduce families overall housing and transportation costs. Statistics indicate the average American family spends more than 50% of their household budget on housing and transportation combined. Smart growth strategies can help families reduce these combined costs. Smart…

SMART GROWTH HOUSING

Smart Growth Tulsa advocates for quality and affordable housing in safe neighborhoods for people of all income levels. There is growing demand nationwide for housing in walkable neighborhoods with access to public transportation, parks and civic spaces.  The entire community benefits when we create a wide range of housing choices—whether it’s garden apartments, row houses,…

SMART GROWTH HEALTH

The same smart growth strategies that make communities more attractive and affordable places to live also make them healthier places.  Multimodal livable streets that are safe and comfortable for walkers and bikers encourage people to get more exercise and live healthier lifestyles as part of their daily routines. “Only about 25% of Americans get the…

SMART GROWTH ECONOMY

Smart growth proponents see opportunities in the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned properties and brownfields sites.  We observe that as development gets pushed further out from the core of our cities to the fringe of town,  our main streets and central neighborhoods are often left neglected. There is enormous economic development potential in these abandoned storefronts…

SMART GROWTH ENVIRONMENT

Strategically locating homes, office buildings, roads and other developments can have long-term implications for the natural environment. Shorter trips and smart growth development decisions mean improved air and water quality by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment and helping families, businesses and whole communities thrive. By decreasing the amount of pavement per home built,…

SMART GROWTH BUSINESS

Sound smart growth policies benefit businesses when it comes to recruiting and retaining a well trained workforce, by increasing access to jobs through better transportation options, by contributing to the vitality of downtowns.  By attracting the millennial generation and creative class, smart growth helps workers, businesses and customers connect. By locating in smart growth areas,…

SMART GROWTH EMPLOYMENT

Some take their commutes to work for granted but access to dependable transportation is a major hurdle for many others. By locating more housing near jobs, and locating more jobs in existing transit rich communities the two can create accessible job opportunities where previously there were none. Walkable and pedestrian friendly urban cores with hearty…