Strategy LU1.1: Focus growth in areas where infrastructure exists for transportation, water, and sewer, with particular emphasis on existing communities.
Encourage growth where adequate transportation and water/sewer infrastructure exists. Encourage reuse/redevelopment of brownfields and underutilized properties. The following is a basic set of initial steps for local governments to identify focus growth areas that have the following characteristics:
- The area has underutilized infrastructure
- The location is pedestrian-friendly
- The area is close to transit corridors
Additional Information / Case Studies
Smart Growth America highlights some of the economic benefits of focusing growth where infrastructure already exists.
Genesee County's Smart Growth Plan is focused on revitalizing industrial areas, business districts and residential neighborhoods while encouraging the protection of land suited for agriculture.