Green Valley Road weaves through the dark, productive bottomland of southeast King County, Washington. Roadside signs advertise brown eggs and homemade berry jams, remnants of a time when this part of the county was entirely agricultural. Other signs remind the traveler that the region is changing, with burgeoning Seattle only 45 minutes to the north. Giant real estate signs promise rural peace amid the placid Holsteins. Arched wrought-iron gates mark where a one-time farm has become a luxury residence for a commuter or telecommuter.
This MetroGreen Action Plan provides a greenprint for a metropolitan system joining urban and rural green corridors throughout the seven-county Kansas City region. The plan is designed to protect and improve water quality in the region for the next 100 years, and to protect and enhance the region’s existing natural elements, and the quality of life area residents cherish.
The Trust for Public Land's proactive approach to conservation combines community vision with strategies for funding and land protection.
Land & People, Spring 2001. A conversation with architect and urban planner, Peter Calthorpe, on the importance of maintaining a regional perspective when trying to design more liveable communities.
Using Land Conservation to Guide Growth and Preserve the Character of Our Communities, Volume III: How To Secure Conservation Funds
Using Land Conservation to Guide Growth and Preserve the Character of Our Communities, Volume I. This overview summarizes three reports intended to guide local governments in protecting open space and natural resources in the face of growth and development.
Using Land Conservation to Guide Growth and Preserve the Character of Our Communities, Volume II. How to Define a Conservation Vision.
Using Land Conservation to Guide Growth and Preserve the Character of Our Communities, Volume IV: How To Acquire And Manage Park And Conservation Lands
"Quality of life" concerns are driving states to make smart growth a top priority.
Stuck in traffic, surrounded by sprawl, Americans are seeking relief in the promise of "smart growth"