Smart Growth Overview

Smart growth is the relationship between the public and private sectors in advancing growth that incorporates economic, environmental and community interests. The discussion on growth can also spur "not in my backyard" and other anti-growth initiatives, such as Florida's Amendment 4, that can halt economic development and job creation.

The
Issue

The remarkable expansion of the U.S. Economy through the past two decades has fueled a growth spurt in many cities and suburbs. Federal, state and local policies on transportation, environment and taxes have also affected the patterns of growth.

Smart growth is the relationship between the public and private sectors in advancing growth that incorporates economic, environmental and community interests. The discussion on growth can also spur "not in my backyard" and other anti-growth initiatives, such as Florida's Amendment 4, that can halt economic development and job creation.

Position

There are no easy answers or quick fixes for the complex issues that encompass the concept of smart growth. However, NAIOP is ready to act as a resource for citizens, businesses and governmental bodies that want to forge solutions built on objective information and sound development principles.

NAIOP believes that growth is essential to economic vitality, and that Americans have a right to choose where to live and work. As a result, we view smart growth as an on-going process that anticipates and accommodates development needs in response to market demand. We support smart growth efforts that balance growth and development with natural resource preservation; promote higher densities around transportation hubs; support the revitalization of inner cities and older suburbs through policies that encourage infill development and redevelopment of brownfields sites; allow for concentrations of density outside the urban core that provide job centers with residential, commercial, industrial and mixed uses; and provide for the funding of future infrastructure through policies that fairly assess the cost of new infrastructure between the public sector and private sector.

Status

State and local governments are continually making public policy and land management decisions that impact growth patterns. NAIOP chapters and members need to be actively engaged in the public policy discussion on growth to ensure the commercial real estate interests are taken into consideration at the state and local levels. To view state activity impacting growth, please visit NAIOP's state legislative monitoring service (Members Only). You will need to log in using your member number and password to obtain the password for this service.

Talking
Points

The following is a list of NAIOP's core smart growth principles. Ideal smart growth:

  • Recognizes that growth is essential to economic growth and job creation.
  • Acknowledges Americans' legal right to choose where to live and work.
  • Promotes higher densities around transportation hubs.
  • Supports the revitalization of inner cities and older suburbs through policies that encourage infill development and redevelopment of brownfields sites.
  • Allows for concentrations of density outside the urban core that provide job centers with residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed uses.
  • Provides for the funding of future infrastructure through policies that fairly assess the cost of new infrastructure between the public sector and the private sector.