Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Popular Government Vol. 66 Issue 1, Fall 2000
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Smart growth has been characterized as an approach to land use planning that makes communities livable; for example, restoring center cities and older suburbs and preserving open spaces. Thirteen states have smart growth laws; fifteen others are studying them. Godschalk examines what other states, like Maryland and Washington, are doing and what North Carolina might do.
Smart growth includes improving mass transit, preserving open spaces, and redeveloping underused areas. Holm describes some of the programs North Carolina has enacted to deal with growth, including the Coastal Area Management Act of 1974, the Water Supply Watershed Protection Act of 1989, the Mountain Ridge Protection Act of 1983, and Brownfields Redevelopment.