City Planners Call for National Urban Development Plan for Quality Communities
by the American City Planning Directors' Council
The nation's city planning directors are asking presidential candidates and other public and private sector leaders to commit to preparing and implementing a National Plan for Urban Development and Land Conservation.
The plan would be a comprehensive and coordinated public and private sector commitment to better quality planning, redevelopment and development of the nation's cities to accommodate U.S. Census projected population growth of 34.5 million by the Year 2020.
"We need higher quality, smarter, and greener housing, buildings, public transportation, infrastructure and public open spaces that are energy efficient and improves the health and well-being of all citizens, according to the American City Planning Directors' Council chairman, Gerald R. Mylroie, AICP.
"What are you doing to improve the quality of our cities?" is being asked as part of the annual, month-long national American City Quality Month program sponsored by NLC, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, American City Planning Directors' Council, American City Quality Foundation, Urban Land Institute, National Building Museum and Partners for Liveable Communities.
In announcing the program, NLC President Cynthia McCollum, councilmember, Madison, Ala., called for a better partnership between municipalities and the federal government to better plan and achieve quality communities
"Now more than ever, given our nation's economic disarray, all time high housing foreclosures, decaying urban infrastructure, continuing urban sprawl, traffic congestion, loss of open space, dependence on foreign oil, global warming, the need to accommodate an additional population growth and continually rising property taxes; a real national, state and local public and private sector commitment and a new vision to better city planning and action is mandatory," according to Mylroie. …