Smart Growth Principles
Smart Growth Principles for New Hampshire can help guide developers and citizens as they work together to create development patterns more consistent with community goals and values. Take a look at the eight principles and some of the examples that illustrate why these are so important to NH!
Principle #1 - Maintain traditional compact settlement patterns ( 4.6MB) to efficiently use land, resources, and investments in infrastructure;
Principle #2 - Foster the traditional character of New Hampshire ( 3.6MB) downtowns, villages, and neighborhoods by encouraging a human scale of development that is comfortable for pedestrians and conducive to community life;
Principle #3 - Incorporate a mix of uses ( 3.7MB) to provide a variety of housing, employment, shopping, services, and social opportunities for all members of the community;
Principle #4 - Preserve New Hampshire's working landscape ( 3.6MB) by sustaining farm and forest land and other rural resource lands to maintain contiguous tracts of open land and to minimize land use conflicts;
Principle #5 - Provide choices and safety in transportation ( 4.1MB) to create livable, walkable communities that increase accessibility for people of all ages, whether on foot, bicycle, or in motor vehicles;
Principle #6 - Protect environmental quality ( 2.7MB) by minimizing impacts from human activities and planning for and maintaining natural areas that contribute to the health and quality of life of communities and people in New Hampshire;
Principle #7 - Involve the community ( 2.2MB) in planning and implementation to ensure that development retains and enhances the sense of place, traditions, goals, and values of the local community; and
Principle #8 - Manage growth locally ( 2.4MB) in the New Hampshire tradition, but work with neighboring towns to achieve common goals and address common problems more effectively.