Smart Growth / Smart Energy Toolkit

Description: The Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit is intended to be both an educational guide and a reference document. It can be used to introduce newcomers to smart growth/smart energy and by practitioners such as planners, developers and site and building designers as a resource for case studies and model bylaws. The toolkit can be navigated along several different paths to be selected by the user. One can proceed by “module” and subsequently access the associated case studies, model bylaw, slide shows and brochure specific to that topic. Alternatively, the user can go directly to view all of the case studies by navigating with the side button on the homepage.

The toolkit contains model bylaws for many of the smart growth/smart energy techniques. In many cases, regulatory changes will be required at the local governmental level to implement the techniques. The model bylaws contain recommended regulatory language as well as numerous annotations (shown in blue highlighted boxes) that provide guidance on how to customize the bylaws to best fit a community’s needs. Slide shows are available for smart energy and smart growth proponents to make presentations to developers, site planners and the public at meetings and hearings. For some of the techniques slide shows have been formulated to address a range of potential users; introductory, developer’s perspective and local municipality‚Äôs perspective. There are also printable brochures for some of the techniques. These have been formatted such that they can be printed in a foldable format for distribution.

The case studies have been selected to demonstrate implementation of the smart growth/smart energy techniques. For the most part, they are Massachusetts examples. In some cases, out-of-state examples are utilized where the practices are better exemplified. An effort has been made to include a range of case study settings for each technique including rural, suburban and urban.

Modules include: accessory dwelling units, agricultural preservation, brownfields, business improvement districts, tax increment financing, environmental justice, form based codes, inclusionary zoning, low impact development, mill revitalization districts, open space residential design, smart energy, smart parking, traditional neighborhood development, transfer of development rights, transit oriented development, wastewater alternatives, water resource management, and wind power.

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Date: 2007
Format: Website

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