Growing Better: Successful Planning Tools for Growing Communities
Institute for Public Administration
Today’s bookshelves are full of growth management policy guides and program suggestions with technical details, program specifics, and economic analysis. All of these program guides can play an important part of creating a growth management strategy for your community, but they skip a very important first step: assistance in selecting which programs and techniques to evaluate as potential strategy components. How do you choose which programs and options would be best suited to your specific issue or community? This document, Growing Better, is designed to do just that; to help the reader to identify which programs and actions are worth learning about in greater detail, given the real-life issues they face as public officials, community leaders, or the general public. Anyone interested in protecting the community they love or creating one they envision can benefit from this document. This document attempts to place today’s “hot” growth management topics into real- life situations and to show how these programs interact with actual communities or address specific issues. Each of the communities selected for this document have characteristics and issues similar to those somewhere in the state of Delaware; they have also decided those characteristics are worth protecting and have taken the initiative to do so, with positive results. The communities of Delaware hold all of the same beauty and potential; it is now time for us to take our initiative. This booklet is designed to function both as its individual parts, to provide specific information on a topic you may find useful, and as a whole, to help communities identify programs or steps they may take to improve the possibilities for their future. All of these options have one thing in common: they require community support to function properly; but, given that support and appropriately implemented, they really can work to help growth occur in a better manner. Delaware’s communities are already amazing; the goal must be to make sure they remain that way as they face the pressures of growth.
Coastal Community Enhancement Initiative, sustainability, coastal sustainability, town planning