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Smart Growth

2009 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet

Through the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, EPA recognizes and supports communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.

The 2009 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet includes:

  • A message from the EPA Administrator
  • How smart growth protects the environment
  • About the award
  • Descriptions and photographs of each award winner
  • Continuing achievements of past award winners

The winners are:

  • Overall Excellence
    Lancaster County Farmland Preservation Program
    Lancaster County's growth management and nationally ranked farmland preservation programs help preserve the agricultural economy, rural character, and unique culture of the area. Photo courtesy of award winner.

    Envision Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan and Implementation
    Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    To maintain the character of the county, as well as its diverse economy and natural resources, for future generations, the Lancaster County Planning Commission established a regional, countywide comprehensive growth management plan, which protects its valuable farmland and historic landscapes by strategically directing development to established towns and cities in the county.

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  • Policies and Regulations
     Elizabeth Avenue
    The effect of the Urban Street Design Guidelines is apparent on Elizabeth Avenue, where people, cars, and buses coexist and attractive tree-planting is accommodated. Photo courtesy of Abby Hall.

    The City of Charlotte
    Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte, North Carolina

    As the central city in a rapidly growing metropolitan area, Charlotte is under intense development pressures. Rather than continue the automobile-dominated development patterns of the last 50 years, Charlotte adopted Urban Street Design Guidelines to make walking, bicycling, and transit more appealing and make the city more attractive and sustainable.

    For an update on this project, see the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement booklet.


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  • Built Projects
    Internal greenways and playgrounds
    Internal greenways and playgrounds provide for safe, visible play areas, while pedestrian paths create easy routes between residences and the surrounding parks, community facilities, and commercial development. Photo courtesy of award winner.

    Parkside of Old Town
    Chicago Housing Authority, FitzGerald Associates Architects, and Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation, Chicago, Illinois

    Parkside of Old Town sits on eight city blocks that were once home to a public housing complex notorious for criminal activity. The redevelopment has transformed the neighborhood by reconnecting it to downtown Chicago and creating mixed-income housing, parks, and new shops and restaurants.

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  • Smart Growth and Green Building
    Tempe Transportation Center
    The Transportation Center is where residents and visitors can access the free neighborhood circulator, the ASU shuttle, and local and regional buses. It also has become a gathering place for public events. Photo courtesy of award winner.

    Tempe Transportation Center
    City of Tempe and Architekton + Otak, Tempe, Arizona

    The Tempe Transportation Center is a model for sustainable design, a vibrant, mixed-use regional transportation hub that also incorporates innovative and beautiful green building elements tailored to the Southwest desert environment.

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