Building a Better Future
How can YOU participate in a community that works? Creating a community that works is often made more complicated by zoning regulations that do not allow the types of building configurations, compactness and open space arrangements which characterize successful neighborhoods. The neighborhoods showcased on this website incorporate time honored traditions that pre-date the automobile and build our daily environments around the walking person. Those traditions are not reflected in most modern zoning laws which instead form our daily environments around the speeding car.
This website is devoted to sharing details about three pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods with the goal of providing tools and stories to help developers, planners, builders, local officials, and homeowners more easily create a community that works.
Developers must be willing to invest the time and energy needed to secure planning approvals for the kind of neighborhoods showcased here, which can drive up the cost of providing these housing options and increase the time such developments take to build. To make this step easier, a municipality could adopt the pedestrian neighborhood zoning ordinance found on this site.
Frequently Asked Questions
The FAQ section is being developed and will be posted soon.
Model Zoning Ordinance
We have crafted a model zoning ordinance which can be adopted by municipalities that want to encourage the development of a community that works. At its heart is the intention of forming the built environment around the human scale, walking pace and social needs of people. As a result, the metrics of zoning laws, such as lot sizes, street widths, building sizes and distance separating them, allowable uses, etc, is smaller and more intimate. In addition, we have included regulations to insure that privacy can be maintained, while simultaneously providing ample amounts of community open space. This balance is essential when the built environment becomes more compact.
Model Energy Ordinance
We are working on a model energy ordinance that builds upon current state and national energy codes to achieve even greater performance. We will be posting this information soon.
You can download our energy study report with the link below.
Final EPA Climate Showcase Communities Report
Our final project report can be downloaded with the link below.