Evaluation of smart growth presented at New Partners conference

Quarta-feira, Janeiro 28, 2009

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Flint 617-661-3016 x116

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (January 28, 2009) -- Authors of a forthcoming book and Policy Focus Report on the performance of smart growth and growth management initiatives presented preliminary findings at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Albuquerque, N.M. on Jan. 22.

Smart growth initiatives have been in place since the 1990s, and there is likely to be new interest in land use planning as states and possibly the federal government moves to regulate carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. But there has been virtually no independent and comprehensive evaluation of how these policies have worked.

For more than a year, a team assembled by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has been working on a major project to examine how statewide smart growth polices have delivered in the areas of land consumption, housing, transportation, the environment, and fiscal impact. Gregory K. Ingram, who was director-general of operations evaluation at the World Bank before becoming president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute, led a panel discussion providing a glimpse of the findings at the New Partners conference, which drew nearly 1,000 planners, consultants, elected officials, and non-profit leaders.

Joining Ingram at the session, Smart Growth and Growth Management: An Evaluation,wereTerry Moore, Planning Director, ECONorthwest; Tim Chapin, chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University; and Allan Wallis, professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver, who discussed smart growth from a political science perspective, and the results of a survey that is also part of the project.

The Lincoln Institute plans another presentation in Minneapolis in April at the American Planning Association annual meeting.

The book, Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes, is due to be published in May, followed by a Policy Focus Report.

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