Smart Growth

Smart Growth means meeting the underlying demand for housing created by a growing population by building a political consensus and employing market-sensitive and innovative land-use planning concepts. It means understanding that decentralized patterns of job growth, diverse housing needs and consumer preferences will continue to encourage growth in a wide range of locations.

Policy Statement

Smart Growth means meeting the underlying demand for housing created by a growing population by building a political consensus and employing market-sensitive and innovative land-use planning concepts. It means understanding that decentralized patterns of job growth, diverse housing needs and consumer preferences will continue to encourage growth in a wide range of locations. Smart Growth also means meeting housing demand in “smart” ways by planning for growth, building more compactly and creatively, preserving meaningful open space, and protecting environmentally sensitive areas.

Why It Matters

Our nation faces many challenges. One of the most significant is ensuring that, as our population grows, growth and development occur in a sensible, orderly and predictable fashion. The nation’s home builders and the members of the National Association of Home Builders are committed to pursuing reasonable and market-driven “Smart Growth” strategies that will meet the nation’s housing needs, expand homeownership opportunities, help revitalize the nation’s cities and inner suburbs, and build attractive and livable neighborhoods and communities and an even more prosperous America in the 21st century.