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----- Forwarded by Bruce A Manny/BRD/USGS/DOI on 09/18/2003 08:11 AM -----


Are you trying to make Smart Growth work in your community? Could you
use some help?

The Smart Growth Leadership Institute, funded by a grant from the United
States Environmental Protection Agency, is looking for communities that
have made a commitment to smart growth but are struggling with
implementation, building support, identifying the most problematic
policies, and other issues that typically accompany a major change in
development practice. We will provide selected communities with
significant technical assistance from a uniquely talented and
experienced team of policy, planning, development and design
professionals, including former Gov. Parris Glendening.

The Smart Growth Leadership Institute is a newly established non-profit
organization dedicated to cultivating a new generation of skilled smart
growth leaders capable of making smart growth a reality. We know there
is no lack of rhetoric about the significance of smart growth and the
potential of different land-use and development patterns to achieve
important policy goals. But we also know that there is a disconnect
between good ideas and actual smart growth policy implementation. When
developers, local governments, and others attempt to take action based
on smart growth principles, they often run into a frustrating thicket of
outdated codes, misinformation, and defensive residents.

Our goal is to help communities implement smart growth by overcoming
obstacles by providing guidance in areas such as:

                 Assessing your codes and zoning ordinances to identify
         inconsistencies between "Smart Growth" policies and
         implementing codes that may still contain obsolete standards.

                 Examining your approval process to identify points in
         the process where redundant reviews can be eliminated, where
         timeframes can be shortened or where activities might be
         permitted to proceed concurrently.

                 Identifying "smart sites," or potential locations for
         Smart Growth projects.

                 Creating design standards and review protocol that
         will help achieve Smart Growth objectives and deal with
         prospective neighborhood opposition.

Selected communities will also help to shape a national Smart Growth
Implementation Kit that will allow other communities around the nation
to gauge whether their current policy and regulatory frameworks, their
approval or review processes or design standards encourage and support
smart growth.

We will select communities based on the criteria listed below. You can
provide us with an initial expression of your interest by filling out
the "brief summary" section, which contains four questions (these
questions are listed below). Please contact Jessica Cogan at
jcogan@smartgrowthamerica.org if you have any questions.


                   Criteria for Selecting Communities

Communities will be selected based on how well they meet the following
criteria:

                 Smart growth principles and approaches in adopted city
         or county policies, comprehensive planning documents, budget
         decisions and/or supporting ordinances and regulations.

                 The level of community commitment, as shown by support
         from elected officials and community leaders, a record of
         action on Smart Growth issues, and matching local or
         non-governmental grant funds.

                  Applicability of technical assistance needs to other
         communities around the country.

                 Likely impact on improving environmental problems that
         are created or made worse because Smart Growth policies are not
         in place.


                       Brief Summary Information

Begin by briefly responding to these questions and send to Jessica
Cogan, Smart Growth Leadership Institute, at
jcogan@smartgrowthamerica.org by September 26, 2003.  Please keep your
response to these questions to no more than one page.  After we review
the initial submittals, we may invite you to respond to a more
comprehensive description of your community, your needs and the key
issues you are facing.  Please contact Jessica Cogan at
jcogan@smartgrowthamerica.org if you have any questions.


      Name of community and contact name, address, phone number and
      email.

      Describe the type of smart growth issues you face.

      Discuss the smart growth implementation project you are interested
      in pursuing and what end result you are trying to achieve.

      Describe the local interest in your commitment to smart growth.

                              Project Team

We will provide selected communities with significant technical
assistance from a uniquely talented and experienced team of policy,
planning, development and design professionals, including former Gov.
Parris Glendening; Harriet Tregoning, Director of the Smart Growth
Leadership Institute; Christopher Williamson, Adjunct/Research Associate
Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Southern California;
William Fulton, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern
California; William Fleissig, University of Colorado; Tridib Banerjee,
James Irvine Chair of Urban and Regional Planning, University of
Southern California; Jessica Cogan, Deputy Director, Smart Growth
Leadership Institute; and John Bailey, Smart Growth America.











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