Smart Growth e-Briefs
News and Tools For People Shaping Our Communities December 2006

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Award Winner in Lincoln

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association has selected the redevelopment plans for Lonsdale Bleachery in Lincoln as the recipient of its 2006 award for an Outstanding Local Comprehensive Planning Project in Rhode Island.

The East Greenwich Mixed-Use TOD Master Plan earned the award for Smart Growth & New Urbanism.

View all RIAPA award recipients here


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    America’s best neighborhoods share some basic characteristics - they're walkable, they include shops, housing and jobs in the same area and they have lots of parks and green space and good access to transit. The single element that makes all of this possible is the one thing many community residents fear the most - higher density development.

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  • Massachusetts, Winooski, Vermont    capture national smart growth awards
  • The U.S. EPA presented its 2006 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement on November 15, 2006 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

    The program recognizes communities that use principles of smart growth to create better places. This competition is open annually to local or state governments and other public sector entities. New England captured two of the five national awards.

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was recognized for overall excellence in creating the Office of Commonwealth Development (OCD) to better coordinate state spending and policy decisions that influence where development happens, encourage innovative development locally, and make private investment in good projects easier.

    The city of Winooski, Vermont (pop. 7,000) was recognized for its Downtown Redevelopment Project which has revitalized this small town with new development that respects the city’s character and history.

    Read about all five (5) national award winners

  • EPA rolls out plan for implementing    smart growth on Aquidneck Island
  • Plan aims to help communities amend land development ordinances and regulations to achieve smart growth goals

    In an effort to capitalize on Aquidneck Island's coastal character while safeguarding its future, the U.S. EPA’s Smart Growth Technical Assistance Team has released the Smart Growth document, “Implementing the Aquidneck Island West Side Master Plan: Promoting Growth Centers.”

    The EPA team applied smart growth principles in presenting customized recommendations for each municipality, targeting proposed investment to the Melville Marina Village in Portsmouth; the Anchorage and Vanicek areas in Middletown; and the North End in Newport.

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  • CT Governor signs smart growth    executive order
  • In a sweeping plan aimed at halting “sprawl” in Connecticut, Governor M. Jodi Rell issued an Executive Order on October 6, 2006 creating an Office of Responsible Growth to coordinate state initiatives to control rampant, ill-conceived development that threatens Connecticut’s special character.

    The new office, part of the state budget and policy department, will review state funding that has an impact on the development of Connecticut and promote a future that is well-planned, economically strong and environmentally sound.

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    A conference for municipal staff, councils, boards and commissions, legislators, business leaders, major water users, water suppliers, state agencies and interested citizens. Presented by the Environmental Council of RI, Apeiron Foundation, Audubon Society, Coalition for Water Security, Grow Smart Rhode Island, RI Association of Conservation Commissions, RIDEM, RI Division of Planning, RI Water Resources Board and Save The Bay.

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    Presented by the The RI Land Trust Council in partnership with the RI Rivers Council. Annual conference for Land Trusts, Watershed Councils, and Conservation Commissions as well as other groups and interested citizens.

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