Innovations in Zoning for Smart Growth

Innovations in Zoning for Smart Growth

Product No.: 07029
Date Published: 01/2007

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This report is a guide for municipalities and counties in the Delaware Valley region to assist them in understanding and implementing zoning to promote smart growth. Smart growth is an approach to development that discourages sprawl, while encouraging revitalization of urban areas, infill, mixed-use, and land conservation, while promoting environments focused on pedestrian and transit accessibility. The report provides background on existing zoning methodology and smart growth innovations, including an extensive review of unified development codes, form-based codes, and the model SmartCode.

Geographic Area Covered: Nine-county Delaware Valley Region, including the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey.

Key Words: by-right zoning, charrette, conservation design zoning, design guidelines, effective agricultural zoning, form-based code (FBC), habitat and species-specifc zoning, inclusionary zoning, live/work zoning, mixed use zoning, multi-municipal zoning, new urbanism, overlay zoning, pattern book, planned unit development (PUD), SmartCode, smart growth, traditional neighborhood development (TND), transect, transit-oriented development (TOD), transit revitalization investment district (TRID), unified development code (UDC).

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