Awards Recognize Smart Growth Development in Northeast Ohio
Six residential builders from the 11-county area of Northeast Ohio have won the Smart Growth Community Excellence Awards.
Established last year by the Smart Growth Education Foundation and the Smart Growth Coalition, the awards program is designed to recognize builders, developers and community organizations that follow smart growth principles in building single-family and multifamily housing and mixed-use developments in both urban and suburban locations.
The winners were chosen on the basis of site selection, land conservation, environmental sensitivity, use of infrastructure, housing choices, community character, transportation accessibility and overall design.
“Smart growth means land use planning that involves such issues as availability of land for housing, building to higher densities, reviewing and revising outdated zoning laws, preserving open space and environmentally sensitive areas and re-developing cities and older suburbs,” said R. J. “Buz” Buzogany, executive director of the Smart Growth Education Foundation.