Issue-Specific Links

Affordable Housing

HUD’s Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse Information on laws, regulations, and policies affecting the development, maintenance, improvement, availability, and cost of affordable housing.


The Brownfields Center Provides information geared toward helping citizens take an active and effective role in the clean-up and redevelopment of brownfields in their community.


National Town Builders Association Serves builders and developers working to build traditional neighborhoods and town centers.

Civic Action

The Brownfields Center Provides information geared toward helping citizens take an active and effective role in the clean-up and redevelopment of brownfields in their community.

Joint Center for Sustainable Communities (United States Conference of Mayors; National Association of Counties)  A forum where Cities and counties work together to develop long-term policies and programs

Local Government Commission (LGC) A great resource forl elected officials and community leaders working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.

National Civic League and the Alliance for National Renewal “The nation’s oldest and most prestigious community recognition program&

National Neighborhood Coalition “A convener of people and organizations concerned about neighborhoods, a conduit of information about programs and policies, and an advocate for neighborhoods and community and neighborhood-based organizations.&

Reclaiming the Streets Helping communities tame traffic.


National Resources Defense Council Facts, images, legislation, how-to’s and how-comes of Smart Growth from an environmental perspective.

NYS Audubon Society The Audubon Society hosts a variety of conferences advancing Smart Growth and leads the New York State Smart Growth
Working Group.

Growth Management Institute Promotes strategies and practices to achieve sustainable urban development and redevelopment in harmony with conservation of environmental qualities and features.

Sierra Club Advances Smart Growth education and policy through their informative “Challange to the Sprawl Campaign”

US DOE — Smart Communities Network “Green Development Success Stories”

Historic Preservation

National Main Street Center A project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation focussed on the revitalization of commercial centers.

Townscape Institute “A non-profit, public interest planning organization concerned with place making and place meaning through conservation and visual enhancement of the built environments.”


American Planning Association “Growing Smart Publications”

NYS Guide to Planning & Zoning Laws

Planetizen Urban planning news, editorials, classifieds and events.

Planners Web City & Regional Planning Resources.

Public Health

Active Living by Design   Establishes and evaluates methods of promoting healthy, active lifestyles through commuinity design, public policies, and communication strategies.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Learn more about the connection between sprawl and public health.  Includes a checklist you can use to evaluate the walkability of your area.

Public Space

Projects for Public Spaces Helping create and sustain the centerpieces of our communities.

Walkability & Transportation

Center for Transit-Oriented Development–   (PDF file) “Inside the Blackbox: Making Transportation Models Work for Livable Communities”

Florida Sustainable Communities Center Why TND Traffic Systems Work.

Reconnecting America Working to join transportation networks to communities

Surface Transportation Policy Project Advancing safer communities and smarter transportation choices.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign “An alliance of public interest, transit advocacy, planning and environmental organizations working to reverse deepening automobile dependence and sprawl development in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan region.” Pedestrian and bicycle information center