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Coastal and Waterfront SmartGrowth

Sustainable coastal development information, tools, and case studies for planners, local government officials, developers, residents, and other stakeholders.

Developed in consultation with the national Smart Growth Network, this interagency guide builds on the network's ten smart growth principles to create coastal and waterfront-specific strategies for development.

Available as a website and as a downloadable PDF, the guide is organized into 10 "elements" describing development guidelines for communities interested in implementing coastal and waterfront smart growth. Each element includes a description, the SmartGrowth principle behind it, coastal community context, tools and techniques, and relevant case studies. Each chapter contains a navigation box allowing quick access to the information and the ability to download the content of each page.

The ten elements included in the guide are:

  • Mix land uses, including water-dependent uses
  • Take advantage of compact community design that enhances, preserves, and provides access to waterfront resources
  • Provide a range of housing opportunities and choices to meet the needs of both seasonal and permanent residents
  • Create walkable communities with physical and visual access to and along the waterfront for public use
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place that capitalizes on the waterfront's heritage
  • Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and the critical environmental areas that characterize and support coastal and waterfront communities
  • Strengthen and direct development toward existing communities and encourage waterfront revitalization
  • Provide a variety of land- and water-based transportation options
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective through consistent policies and coordinated permitting processes
  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions, ensuring that public interests in and rights of access to the waterfront and coastal waters are upheld
Last modified
24 October 2019 - 12:36pm