Smart Growth, Sprawl, Residential Preferences and Policy

Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act of 2010 (NYS)

The Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (SGPIPA), enacted into law in 2010, for the first time requires NYS agencies and authorities to formally take Smart Growth principles, as defined in the law, into account before supporting infrastructure projects.

The law, while directly affecting only state agencies and authorities, has indirect implications for local governments and communities seeking support from the state for their infrastructure projects.

CaRDI, with support from the NYS Water Resources Institute, has studied the implementation of this law and its implications for local communities. The following reports are available:

Sprawl and Residential Preferences: Investigating and Building Educational Strategies on New Understandings of Land Use

Informing decision makers (individual and collective) about the implications of different patterns of development and land use has been a consistent CaRDI goal. CaRDI, for example, participated over a decade ago in a multi-disciplinary project dealing with related topics. Some of the information collected for this project, Sprawl and Residential Preferences: Investigating and Building Educational Strategies on New Understandings of Land Use, is still available as follows:

  1. The Definition of Sprawl, and the terms associated with the subject 
  2. Negative Impacts of Sprawl in our communities, our nation and our environment
  3. The Causes of Sprawl, and forces that continue to drive the phenomenon
  4. Methods of Combating Sprawl in our communities, states and our nation
  5. Sprawl Related Data and Research
  6. References, Research Citations and Resources for more information on land development practices

Joseph Laquatra, Principal Investigator. Other co-PI’s included Nelson Bills and Greg Poe (Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management) and Rolf Pendall (Department of City and Regional Planning).  Additional assistance was provided by Christopher Peters, Jordan Suter, Dehui Wei, Margaret Cowell, Thomas Hammer, Carolina Magri and Christopher Julian.