Smart Growth strategies require fewer resources from the environment and also generate less waste to return to the environment.  Using various design strategies, the water resources of a region can managed to reduce the amount of runoff, thereby reducing the amount of water needed to be moved to support a region.


Effectively utilizing stormwater and wastewater can reduce the water costs of a community.


Most design standards do not require consideration for efficient use of water resources and adding requirements are perceived as adding costs and burden to developers.


Example 1: EPA 

EPA Smart Growth Website

Description: A webpage with links to applying for smart growth implementation assistance as well as other tool and technical assistance programs.


Example 2: Getting To Smart Growth – Presentation by the Smart Growth Network

Getting to Smart Growth Presentation

 Description: 100 Smart Growth strategies for implementation in any community.

Example 3: Delaware 

Protecting Water Quality

Description: A planning document to protect southern Delaware’s water quality using smart growth strategies.  Technology can be applied lake-based watersheds as well.


Example 4: New York

NYS Smart Growth

Description: Environmental conservation policy for the state of New York.