Are Consumers Buying Smart Growth? Let NAHB Know
The term “smart growth” has been around for years, but there is no clear consensus on what it means. Regardless of how smart growth is defined, in the end it is the power of the marketplace that will determine the relative success of growth policies established by each local jurisdiction.
In the 1990s, NAHB created a task force to study land use and development issues and to establish a smart growth policy for the association. At the core of that policy are NAHB’s five smart growth principles:
- Meeting the nation’s housing needs with a broad range of housing choices
- A comprehensive process for planning growth
- Planning and funding for infrastructure improvements
- Innovative land-use techniques that use land more efficiently
- Revitalizing older suburban and inner-city markets
NAHB is conducting a smart growth survey to learn more about what’s happening in the marketplace today. It includes questions such as:
Do those in the residential construction industry believe that smart growth is a valid development concept? Is there a sense that consumers are willing to purchase ― perhaps even pay more for — housing found in what might be called “smart growth" developments? What are the challenges of producing a smart growth development?
To Take the Survey
Let us know about smart growth where you build homes by completing the short, online survey. To take the survey, click here.
For more information, e-mail Deb Bassert at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8443.