[Source: Arizona Republic] — Sustainable communities don’t just happen. They take work, planning, and a web of collaborative relationships to build and grow. That’s the message from members of the Growing Sustainable Communities in the Valley of the Sun coalition. Teresa Brice, executive director of the Phoenix branch of the Local Initiatives Support Corp., a national non-profit agency specializing in neighborhood revitalization, said LISC is focusing on aspects of sustainable communities with examples in the Valley.
Brice, a volunteer presenting the information at village planning committees, groups, and organizations [to date 700 people at 25 venues], said the hope is that when Phoenix begins to prepare a new General Plan, its blueprint for development, some of these strategies for sustainable communities will be added. Components include:
- Mixed land uses
- A variety of housing types with a variety of housing prices
- A mix of independent and national businesses
- Environmentally responsive design
- A variety of transportation choices
- Compact development
- Making places safe
- Promoting healthy living
- Community engagement
For more information on the project and to view related materials, click here. To request the presentation, call Lisa Dwyer, Project Assistant, ASU Stardust Center, at 602-496-1468. The next scheduled presentation is 6:30 p.m., October 14, Travis L. Williams Family Services Center, 4732 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 602-261-8727.