Shaping a Better Future: ULI's California Smart Growth Initiative

Shaping a Better Future: ULI's California Smart Growth Initiative

Urban Land Institute

"Putting the Pieces Together: State Actions to Encourage Smart Growth Practices in California" features a set of specific recommended state actions to improve the economic and social well being of California's communities through better growth patterns. A diverse, public-private Statewide Coordinating Committee, including leaders from business, real estate, civic, environmental, and social justice organizations, joined with public officials in developing the report's recommendations.

The new report is the culmination of 18 months of analysis to find ways to curb haphazard, ill-planned sprawl, and promote development that more closely links housing to jobs and preserves open space. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) organized this committee with funding from The James Irvine Foundation, Bank of America, and the Urban Land Institute Foundation.

The publication of "Pieces" proves that stakeholders with widely varied interests can find common ground on shaping a better future for our state. This effort is inspired by the desire for a more satisfying quality of life, environmental balance and a healthy economy for the next generation of Californians. Our ability to remain economically competitive hinges on our ability to change how we grow –- and to accommodate more people with more efficient development.

The committee intends to "spread the word" about its findings among the public and private sector to gain momentum for a long-term, substantive commitment to smart growth in California. The public is clamoring for solutions to traffic and housing problems, and for ways to improve their quality of life.

Copies of this report are available for free download at, and for purchase through the ULI Bookstore at or 1-800-321-5011.

For more information about the recommendations, the ULI California Smart Growth Initiative, and how you can get involved, contact Gary Binger, Director, ULI California Smart Growth Initiative at [email protected].

Related Link: ULI California Smart Growth Initiative

For more information contact:

Trisha Riggs
Urban Land Institute
1025 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Suite 500W
DC 20007

Phone: 202-624-7086
Fax: 202-624-7140
Email: [email protected]

Posted October 1, 2002

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