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In many growing communities across the nation they are worried about the big
developers coming in and making the town into a commercial hellhole. Many are
concerned with the economic, social, and wildlife tolls that suburban sprawl will
take on the community. A well-known solution to this urban sprawling is smart
growth. Smart growth distinguishes the diversity between expansion and the
quality of life. Smart growth recognizes the community, but still lets some expansion
in through the door. Smart growth is composed of a few key elements design,
health, transportation, quality of life, economics, environment, and housing.
Saguaro Flats is a growing community and growth is almost inevitable, it should
grow smart with smart growth.


The blueprint for smart growth includes water and electricity efficiency, the use of
more economical building supplies, restored downtown, and low impact
development. The low impact development and the efficiency of the water and
electricity will make for a more economic setting for all. The low impact
development and the restored downtown will bring community benefits as well as
health benefits for all the residents of Saguaro Flats.


When a community grows it not only has a demand for more housing and
shopping, but it also has a great demand for better public transportation such as
bus, train, and metro. Given the many options of transit there is not one that will
become congested, thus allowing the growing community to move freely about the
city easily and quickly. This open range of traffic options decreases the amount of
traffic congestion in and out of the area.


Housing is one of the most important parts of a smart growing community because
its key to transportation access, access services, and education. Households today
are very diverse, and there is not one single type of housing solution for them all.
Smart growth increases the housing supply by building more houses in an existing
neighborhood. The new housing structures will be a financial incentive for existing
commercial midpoints that lack consumer business in the late afternoon.


Many of the communities that are built are not built with health in mind, many have
wide streets and no side walks which results in more vehicle use. This caused a lot
of unwanted pollution in the city. Smart growth emphasizes public transit and also
the use of bikes or walking to your destination. When there is rapid growth in a
community it often has a negative effect on the quality of the drinking water. With
smart growth, many of the natural filters such as wetlands are left alone so that the
quality of the water is better. The volumes of pollutants increase with the increase
of growth such as pesticides and fertilizers. Smart growth encourages a better well-
being and a more energetic community by promoting a compact neighborhood for
walking and bicycling as a transportation option.


Many big businesses today are drawn to communities that offer a good quality of
life because the company understands that its workers want to live in communities
that offer a sensible trip to and from their destination, a lively social life,
environmental services, and a diverse housing and transportation choice. In
today’s society a lot of the business is no longer conducted in the boardroom.
Business is being conducted where people can come together and talk in places
such as cafes, restaurants, and health clubs. The importance of location presents
giant opportunities for communities to take advantage of their quality of life and to
also use them as a device for economic development. In order to do this the
community must think of quality of life as a product that can be refined and
supervised.


At this place and time our environment faces air and water pollution, global
warming, and habitat fragmentation. Most of this is due to the construction of the
neighborhoods, communities, and metropolitan areas have been constructed.
When we travel we are more than likely to drive ourselves. We do this because the
distance between our destinations has increased with increasing size of the city.
The final result of all this driving is the harmful effects on our air quality. When we
build we trade our natural landscapes such as forests, wetlands, and grasslands
with street parking lots, rooftops, and other solid surfaces. The storm water that was
previously captured by the natural landscape accumulates and is now run off, it
flows into streams or rivers picking up many different pollutants along the journey.
As a development shifts further to the urban border it battles with open space
territory and key farmland. The loss of the open land shocks the environment in
multiple ways. In the beginning many of the forest and wetlands are lost then runoff
control and wildlife migration are affected from the loss of the forest or other natural
countryside. Smart growth allows communities to pursue open space defense and
growth objectives through the gathering of expansion activity away from sensitive
natural areas.


Smart growth as a whole tries to preserve natural land. It is important because it
includes a habitat for growing plants and animals, recreational opportunities,
farmland, and vital environmental areas. The preservation of these lands supports
smart growths goals by boosting local economies, preserving vital environmental
areas, improving the community’s way of life, and directing the new escalation into
existing communities. The protection of the natural land provides many economic
profits including increasing local property value, gives tourism money, and
decreases local tax. The natural lands will offer major ecological excellence and
health benefits in the future. The open natural lands protect the farmlands, animal
habitat, and also the places of natural beauty by taking the stress of development
away and pointing it towards existing communities needing the growth.


In communities today there is a rising fear that the development is taking place so
quickly and is being dominated by sprawl, which is ruining the things they care
about in nature and in life. Growth is supported throughout the communities, but
they are questioning the economic costs of rebuilding the city further out. They are
also questioning the environmental costs by taking into consideration the effects
the outward growth would have on the natural land. Many communities such as
Saguaro Flats are questioning the pros and cons of growth and are turning to smart
growth for the answers they are looking for in their community.

				
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