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Environment & Sustainability

An ever more critical area of focus for cities, environmental and sustainability-minded approaches to governance ensure cities can continue building on today’s successes into the future. We offer resources based on our own research, and equally as important, we are a convener where cities can share proven best practices.

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The Center for Neighborhood Technology has developed a green infrastructure portfolio standard (GIPS) as a way for communities to cost effectively scale up green infrastructure in developed urban areas to substantially reduce the volume of storm…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Many cities in the United States are reassessing their use-based zoning codes in light of the increasing health, environmental, and economic costs of sprawl. To counter the car-centric system of development codified in use-based zoning codes,…

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This ordinance is a suitable model for small governments looking to replace their sprawl-based ordinance with a relatively simple Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) ordinance. Simple staff review will suffice.

The Greensboro…

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Powder Springs, Georgia Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance

ORDINANCE NO. 2000-12 AN ORDINANCE BY THE CITY OF POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA, TO COMPREHENSIVELY AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF POWDER SPRINGS ADOPTED IN 1987…

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This ordinance is a suitable model for small governments looking to replace their sprawl based ordinance with a relatively simple Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) ordinance. Simple staff review will suffice.

By creating a…

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CITY OF FLAGSTAFF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT DIVISION 211 WEST ASPEN AVENUE, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA 86001 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – PHASE TWO

John Wesley Powell Traditional Neighborhood Development Site

A. PROJECT BACKGROUND The City of…

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Urban Infill

Urban infill is defined as new development that is sited on vacant or undeveloped land within an existing community, and that is enclosed by other types of development. The term "urban infill" itself  implies that existing land is…

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Bringing Nutritious, Affordable Food to Underserved Communities: A Snapshot of Healthy Corner Store Initiatives in the United States.

For many Americans, buying fresh fruits and vegetables is as simple as walking a few blocks to the…

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For many Americans, buying fresh fruits and vegetables is as simple as walking a few blocks to the neighborhood grocery store or getting in the car and driving a short distance to the supermarket. There are many, mostly low-income people however…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Comprehensive community planning represents the most effective tool available for the implementation of a green infrastructure network. Requirements for community comprehensive plans vary from state to state, and certain regions within states,…