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Land Use Planning

Creating sustainable communities

Land use planning impacts many aspects of a person's daily lives. The types of land use in a community impacts a variety of factors from fiscal sustainability to the health of citizens. Smart land use planning makes the most of existing infrastructure and is part of a larger regional vision of quality of life. Land use decisions should support the following sustainable community principles:

  • Mix land uses
  • Take advantage of compact building design
  • Create housing opportunities and choices
  • Create walkable communities
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  • Strengthen and direct development toward existing communities
  • Provide a variety of transportation choices
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective
  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions
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Matt Rasmussen

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