Smart Growth
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Welcome to Smart Growth Newton County

Who are we?
We are a coalition of citizens committed to smart growth principles and their application to Newton County and its municipalities.  We believe that current development patterns, dominated by sprawl, no longer serve the best long-term interests of Newton County, its municipalities, existing suburbs, and rural communities.  Though supportive of growth, we question the economic and environmental costs of abandoning or ignoring existing infrastructure in cities, towns, and other logical areas only to rebuild it farther out.  We believe in growth that is town-centered and pedestrian oriented, that mixes housing, commercial, and retail uses, and that preserves open space and environmental amenities.  Ultimately, we believe this approach to growth promotes quality of life and a sense of place and community.

 Smart Growth Principles: 

  • Create Range of Housing Opportunities and Choices
  • Create Walkable Neighborhoods
  • Encourage Community and Stakeholder Collaboration
  • Foster Distinctive, Attractive Communities with a Strong Sense of Place
  • Make Development Decisions Predictable, Fair and Cost Effective
  • Mix Land Uses
  • Preserve Open Space, Farmland, Natural Beauty, and Critical Environmental Areas
  • Provide a Variety of Transportation Choices
  • Strengthen and Direct Development Towards Existing Communities
  • Take Advantage of Compact Building Design


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