These days, in order for most land developers to gain acceptance within their communities, they need to effectively address issues such as: open space, density, traffic, environmental protection and schools.
A successful green developer takes the time to concentrate on better usage of increased densities through clustered housing; making sure the street orientation is east-west - to ensure optimized solar heating of the homes; making sure the access to public transportation is optimized- especially in these times of increased fuel costs and most importantly, making sure the naturally occuring forests remain as intact as possible.
The transition model emboldens communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question: for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how are we going to:
* significantly rebuild resilience (in response to peak oil) * drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change)?
David Suzuki Foundation: Stopping Sprawl In Your Community
Sprawl consumes large quantities of land, segregates houses from shops and workplaces, depends on cars, and has little regard for the natural environment. In some parts of Canada sprawl is the largest driver of greenhouse gas emissions.
Of course, most Canadians do not personally build the houses, streets, schools, parks or water lines that make cities possible. But we can set the rules for building sustainable cities and help make the plans that determine how we get to work, school and shopping.
The David Suzuki Foundation's report, Understanding Sprawl, and toolkit encourages communities to reshape urban areas. We need more dense and compact cities, with better bike paths and pedestrian friendly walkways.
The Low Impact Development Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Low Impact Development technology. Low Impact Development is a new, comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with a goal of maintaining and enhancing the pre-development hydrologic regime of urban and developing watersheds.
This design approach incorporates strategic planning with micro-management techniques to achieve superior environmental protection, while allowing for development or infrastructure rehabilitation to occur. This innovative approach can be used to help meet a wide range of Wet Weather Flow (WWF) control and community development goals.
In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns -- dominated by what some call "sprawl" -- are no longer in the long-term interest of our cities, existing suburbs, small towns, rural communities, or wilderness areas. Though supportive of growth, communities are questioning the economic costs of abandoning infrastructure in the city, only to rebuild it further out. Spurring the smart growth movement are demographic shifts, a strong environmental ethic, increased fiscal concerns, and more nuanced views of growth. The result is both a new demand and a new opportunity for smart growth.
ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines. It is a multidisciplinary real estate forum whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment.