Smart Growth Network E-Newsletter

This was the official website for the e-newsletter of Smart Growth until 2013. When their current website was built this site's domain registration was allowed to expire. Recently I discovered that the domain for was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages and to point visitors to their new site: I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing it for something that had nothing in common with smart growth strategies and guiding principles.

As a progressive maritime attorney I am a strong advocate of the smart growth principles. Whenever I go on business trips or vacation I look around me to see if the community I am in has chosen smart growth strategies. On a trip to the Hawaiian island of Maui, we chose to rent a condo in one of the many resorts on the western coast of this gorgeous tropical island. We did a lot of the "tourist" activities including traveling to the top of the Haleakala Crater to see the sun rise. We also did a lot of driving, visiting various areas of the island. It is impressive what Maui in general, and the various resorts have done to get the most out of their developments and to maximize their investments. I'm one of a group of maritime lawyers in Louisiana with a practice based in New Orleans, vacationing here but looking for a smart way to invest in the future. My partners think that Maui offers many of the attributes we look for in location opportunities. New Orleans and our practice of maritime law is such a far cry from this place, but there may be a future in both for us. They obviously are protecting their beautiful natural environment which draws many tourists to the island while at the same time promoting tourism, preserving the best of their past and creating a bright future for generations to come. So what's the smart growth business move? We're thinking about it.

The Smart Growth Network may have a more updated website, but their message remains the same. 



SGN E-Newsletter

The Smart Growth Network has been providing U.S. and international news summaries of smart growth activity since 1997.

State by State News Headlines will be sent to you biweekly including news summaries from around the country, information on the latest print, web, audio, and visual resources, and smart growth events


In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN). The Network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. The Network's partners include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests; local and state government entities. See a full listing and description of the more than 40 organizations that constitute the Smart Growth Network


The SGN works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment. It is a forum for:

  • Raising public awareness of how growth can improve community quality of life;
  • Promoting smart growth best practices;
  • Developing and sharing information, innovative policies, tools and ideas;
  • Cultivating strategies to address barriers to and advance opportunities for smart growth.


Since its inception, the Smart Growth Network has become a forum for bringing together different constituencies to share their diverse ideas and finding opportunities for smart growth. Several collaborations have evolved:

Development of Policy Options for Smart Growth and Affordability
A task force of 15 organizations, representing SGN, housing, and community development organizations, collaborating to demonstrate how smart growth achieves affordable housing goals.

Partners for Smart Growth Conference
An annual conference focused on smart growth policy and implementation, featuring projects and best practices from across the country.

Redevelopment Roundtable
The Urban Land Institute, with the close cooperation of the National Neighborhood Coalition, hosted a forum focused on helping developers and public officials engage communities to create "win-win" redevelopment decisions.

The Smart Growth Network does not lobby and does not take on individual development decisions.