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A look at how a local government can examine the "genetic codes" of its planning — the regulations and plans that govern development — to determine whether those codes are programmed to facilitate sprawl or smart growth.
This report describes the concept of a smart growth audit and provides methods to implement one in your community. Examples from a state (Illinois), regions (in Indiana, the Puget Sound area, and metropolitan Atlanta) are included, but the focus is on how to do an audit at the local level, using case studies of the audits in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County and Durham, North Carolina, and Brookings, Oregon.
A range of possible audits are described from a very basic audit to a very comprehensive audit, for which a checklist is included.
Table of Contents
What is smart growth?
What is a smart growth audit?
Things to consider before conducting an audit
Lessons learned from existing audits
What are the alternatives for conducting an audit?
Issues of effectiveness and a list of do's and dont's
Appendix A. A recommended comprehensive smart growth audit checklist with commentary
Appendix B. List of references and additional resources
Appendix C. APA policy statement on smart growth
Appendix D. Growth quality programs in Georgia