Planning Tool Kit
The planning tool kit is designed to help municipal leaders and planning commissioners implement the policies of Landscapes2. Successful implementation of the plan, requires partnering with local municipalities in order to bring growth and preservation together.
The tool kit provides a series of actions available to municipalities and interested citizens that conserve energy, promote our economy, respect the environment, and achieve sustainable practices. Tools will explore their value, their appropriateness based on the type of landscape your municipality is located, and provide a road map for how each can be implemented. To allow further exploration, case studies, examples and links are included.
Additional eTools will be offered on the website throughout the spring approximately every two weeks.
Smart Growth and Budgets
Municipal officials and planners have long been aware that different types of development have varying tax implications for municipal budgets. Until now, no national survey has comprehensively examined the different fiscal impacts of conventional and "smart growth" developments on municipal budgets. Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development surveyed 17 studies of different development scenarios and found that when compared to conventional development designs, "smart growth" developments cost one-third less for infrastructure, saves an average of 10% on the delivery of municipal services, and generates 10 times more tax revenue per acre.
An on-line resource has been developed to help newly appointed municipal planning commissioners become acclimated to their volunteer position in your municipality.