As our population grows, we must use land more efficiently and plan for growth as never before. Find out how builders are working with community and national leaders to develop sound approaches to land development, wetland preservation, clean air, and more. Search the materials provided below for NAHB’s Smarter Growth policy, more than a dozen Smarter Growth case studies, a consumers' survey, and more.
- Smarter Growth Case Studies
These Smarter Growth case studies offer examples of mixed-use communities, infill development, cluster housing and open space development, and traditional neighborhood development (TND).
- Smarter Growth Policy
NAHB has been active in the growth debate, advocating comprehensive planning and sensible development policies. See NAHB's official policy on Smarter Growth here.
- Smarter Growth Research & Publications
These publications explain the policies that foster Smarter Growth and provide examples of successful Smarter Growth developments from across the nation.
- Growth/No Growth
While most people see Smarter Growth and growth management as legitimate ways to help communities make sound decisions about growth, some see it as a way to limit growth. Learn more about the growth debate here.
Infill development and the redevelopment of brownfield sites can help revitalize existing communities. Learn how brownfields redevelopment and infill contribute to Smarter Growth.
- Mixed-Use & Compact Development
Inclusion of residential with commercial and other uses can feature affordable and market rate housing, retail, office, and cultural/arts spaces within the same building or block.
- APA Growing Smart
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Use this searchable online guide to better understand the issues presented in the APA Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook.
- Federal Sustainable Communities Initiative
New federal programs have created a national dialogue and precedent for reform of state and local requirements on development, and the building industry needs to be involved to get their perspective heard locally and federally. NAHB has compiled numerous resources to help members bring the best information to the table as policymakers struggle with these issues.