Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Using the natural landscape as a fundamental design component across the transect can create beautiful places that function well both environmentally and economically. Natural landscape functions–mimicked through “soft” engineering, protected in their original form, or restored through careful intervention–help create valuable amenities while also managing environmental quality and providing critical habitat.
See examples at the regional and community level where green infrastructure design principles have been incorporated as an integral part of smart community design.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Lynn Desautels, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. EPA
* Sharon Pfeifer, Community Assistance Manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
* Marshall Foster, Urban Strategies Designer, Mitnun Architects + Designers + Planners
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online