Three New Toolkits for Smart Growth in Rural Places

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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 1:29 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In rural places, a smart growth approach can mean putting a new post office near the elementary school, creating more affordable homes near jobs or analyzing the long-term financial impact of development decisions.

Three new toolkits designed specifically for leaders in rural areas show how to create and implement public policies that use this approach to development.

The Community Facilities Location toolkit helps communities make the most of new facilities like hospitals or post offices. The Well-Placed Affordable Housing toolkit looks at creating centrally located housing infrastructure. And the Fiscal Impact Analysis toolkit looks at how local government can better understand the long-term financial implications of decisions about new development.

Smart growth policies can help rural places improve life for everyone in their community within limited public budget.

SOURCE: Smart Growth America

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