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Welcome to the Smart Growth
Canada Network website

The Smart Growth Canada Network (SGCN) is a national organization founded in May 2003 to help advance the implementation of smart growth and sustainability principles across the country through education, research and capacity building strategies for the broad range of decision makers.

Smart Growth Canada Network
Online Courses

Please take the time to look at our online courses that is currently in production on the principles of smart growth. Currently, only a selected number of the online courses are available while others are under construction. Please tell us what you think at the end with a short online survey.

SGCN Learning Modules: A Primer on Smart Growth Principles

10 Principles of Smart Growth
These are the principles that are being used to create the Smart Growth Canada Network Primer E-Course:

1) Housing Choice
Principle: Create a range of affordable, quality housing choices

2) Vibrant, Walkable Complete Communities
Principle: Foster development that creates vibrant, unique, walkable complete communities where uses like residential and commercial are mixed to create attractive places to live, work and play.

3) Smart Building Design
Principle: Encourage building designs that contribute to the context of a pedestrian-oriented neighbourhood and use green building technologies

4) Renew Existing Communities
Principle: Direct development away from unsettled areas and encourage growth and renewal in existing communities

5) Green Infrastructure
Principle: Utilize green infrastructure to save money and protect the environment.

6) Green Space, Farmland and Ecologically Sensitive Areas
Principle: Preserve and enhance green spaces, farmland and environmentall sensitive areas.

7) Broad-Scale, Integrated Planning
Principle: Undertake broad-scale planning for cities and towns in adjacent regions and towns in adjacent regions and towns in a way that integrates land use and transportation planning for the entire region

8) Transportation Options
Principle: Provide varied transportation options and infrastructure for walking, bicycling, car pooling, car sharing, scooters, public transit and others

9) Community Involvement
Principle: Encourage effective community involvement early in the process to find unique solutions that fit with the community`s vision of itself

10) Focus on Implementation
Principle: Utilize planning processes, tools and incentives to facilitate private sector investment and ease of navigation in achieving smart growth solutions
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