Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Building Quality Communities Summit Sketches Blueprint for Collaboration

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Building Quality Communities Summit Sketches Blueprint for Collaboration

Article excerpt

Too many American localities are being torn apart by land use conflicts that make it ever more difficult for citizens and communities to enhance their quality life.

NLC President Karen Anderson, mayor Minnetonka, Minn., wants to address these conflict and to help build quality communities. That goal has been major focus of her term as president of NLC.

Anderson convened a Building Quality Communities Summit on October 11 and 12 in Tempe, Ariz., to provide a forum for national organization whose members are participating in those local controversies

These national groups came together in Tempe to share their different perspectives and priorities in land use decisions, to identify areas of common ground and to develop national collaborative partnerships.

The diverse national organizations that attended were Environmental Defense, National Association of Home builders, Trust for Public Land National Association of Counties, American Public Transportation Association, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Regional Councils, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Conference of State Legislatures, International Economic Development Council and National Governors Association.

City and town representatives from the NLC Municipalities in Transition Program also attended the summit, led by Bev Perry, mayor pro tem, Brea, Calif.

The summit was organized by NLC's Municipalities in Transition Program and hosted by Neil Giuliano, mayor of Tempe, Ariz.

Over the course of two days, stakeholders discussed different perspectives and priorities on a wide range of important issues that affect local land use decisions such as health, housing, protecting open space, consumer choice and sense of community.

Presentations and discussions were organized around the following questions:

* What are the most important interests and goals at stake in local land use decisions? …

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