Examples Database: Sustainable Development. (Municipal Reference Service)

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These program descriptions, selected from the Examples of Programs for Cities database, illustrate how cities are using sustainable development principles to guide growth while protecting resources and creating strong communities. Member cities and state municipal leagues may request additional research on this or other topics by calling the Municipal Reference Service (MRS) at (202) 626-3130. They may also access the Examples database through CityNet on the Web for free (call MRS for details).

If your city has an innovative sustainable development program, please notify the MRS staff so that it can be added to the database.

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Population: 155,554

Program Name: RiverValley Partners

Year Started: 1986

Address: RiverValley Partners, Inc., 835 Georgia Avenue, #800, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Contact: Jill Kidder, (423) 265-3700

E-mail: jkidder@rivervalleypartners.com

RiverValley Partners is a nonprofit, public-private agency which focuses on abandoned property redevelopment using sustainable development principles. Originally formed to implement the Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan, RiverValley Partners' first initiative was the establishment of a revolving loan fund to purchase riverfront properties and clean up contaminated sites in the downtown area. Using this loan fund, the group arranges collaborations among developers, architects, and local government representatives to create property-specific plans that reflect sustainable development principles. To ensure that developers conform to such principles, RiverValley Partners incorporates them into property deeds, before selling the land to private investors. Projects initiated by RiverValley include pedestrian-oriented, downtown recreation and entertainment facilities.

Source: Innovative local economic development programs. (Nov. 1999) p37-44, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce

Liberty, Mo.

Population: 26,232

Program Name: Blueprint for Liberty: Future Land-Use Plan

Year Started: 1998

Address: City of Liberty, 101 East Kansas, Liberty MO 64068

Contact: Bonnie Johnson, City Planner, (816) 792-6125

E-mail: bjohnson@ci.liberty.mo.us

The Blueprint for Liberty: Future Land-Use Plan used citizen's comments to describe neighborhoods, and used historic areas of the city as a models of sustainable development. …