Free Webcast On 7/25: Protecting Water Quality While Meeting Smart Growth Goals

Free Webcast On 7/25: Protecting Water Quality While Meeting Smart Growth Goals


On July 25, join us to hear how two very different communities--San José, California and Barnstable, Massachusetts--protect water quality while meeting smart growth goals for economic growth and development. Speakers from both communities will provide background and discuss the political, economic, and regulatory aspects of their program.

The webcast will be held July 25, 2007, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT. Presented by ICMA with support from the US Environmental Protection Agency

The city of San José, California (pop. 974,000), has pursued smart growth policies for three decades. In 2006, the city revised its stormwater policy to increase controls while providing flexibility for projects that complement the city's smart growth goals. For example, the policy contains exemptions from meeting site level controls for certain projects, such as brownfield and urban redevelopment and construction of low income housing. This reduces constraints for projects, which, as a result of their more compact footprints, can reduce the overall amount of impervious surface in the watershed.

The Cape Cod town of Barnstable, Massachusetts (pop, 48,000), is developing a market-based transfer of development rights (TDR) program. The TDR program will redirect development from critical natural resource areas, including those impacting water supply, into historic downtown Hyannis, where revitalization efforts are underway. The program will enable resource preservation and help address water pollution and traffic congestion--without putting a stop to growth. The town is conducting an economic analysis to better understand the impact the program will have on development costs and how to value transferable development rights.

• Geoff Anderson, director, Development, Community and Environment Division, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (moderator)
• Laurel Prevetti, assistant director, Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, San José, California
• Paul Niedzwiecki, assistant town manager, Barnstable, Massachusetts

Free registration to the first 100 sites. $95 per site thereafter. Register online at For additional information, contact Meghan Sharp by email at [email protected] or by phone at 202/962-3532.

Related Link: Click here to register now!

For more information contact:

Meghan Sharp
777 N Capitol St NE
DC 20002

Phone: 202-962-3532
Email: [email protected]

Posted June 27, 2007

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