Proper receiving area design is the key to creating viable transfer of development rights programs. When well designed, receiving areas can create desirable communities that drive the purchase of sending area credits.
Recent movements in planning and architecture seek to construct communities that mimic the form and function of America’s traditional neighborhoods. Called Smart Growth, Traditional Neighborhood Development or New Urbanism, these communities’ foster walkability and positive social interaction by designing with a mixture of use, density, transportation alternatives and housing type.
Congress for New Urbanism
The Congress for New Urbanism is a non-profit organization that works to promote coherent regional planning, walkable neighborhoods, and attractive, accommodating civic spaces. Learn more about New Urbanism at their website.
The Congress for New Urbanism has also published a document revealing expansion of demand for New Urbanist development.
New Jersey Office of Smart Growth
Under the guidance of the State Planning Commission, the Office of Smart Growth works to implement the visions set forth in the New Jersey State Plan. Its website contains a host of planning and design resources for municipalities.
New Jersey Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit
Through integration of land use and transportation planning, the NJDOT and NJ Transit are working to address the state’s transportation needs by promoting smart growth and increasing the feasibility of transportation alternatives such as walking, bicycling and mass transit.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth website contains public resources to help create communities that promote the sustainability of America's environment, economy, and quality of life. Two of these resources include information on the environmental benefits of smart growth and What is Smart Growth, a publication of the Smart Growth Network.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Focused on affordable housing, the Design Advisor website from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is an excellent resource of information for design of any residential housing project.
Local Government Commission
The Local Government Commission assists local governments in establishing and nurturing the key elements of livable communities. Its design page outlines the many principles of creating vibrant, economically successful and environmentally sound communities.
Public Broadcasting Service – Online NewsHour
The Online NewsHour produced a special report that provides an introduction to the New Urbanism movement.
National Geographic Online
National Geographic Online presents an interactive simulation of a New Urbanist community. Take the virtual tour and discover the elements of New Urbanist design.