Livable Communities Act Moving Along
Since the Livable Communities Act passed out of the Senate Banking Committee, it has been gaining support of smart growth advocates who hope that the bill will bring about resources “to integrate transportation, housing, economic development and environmental planning.” The Tri-State Transportation Campaign reports:
It would also establish a new Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities in the Department of Housing and Urban Development to coordinate federal policies that foster sustainable development and provide technical assistance to communities. This would effectively formalize the recent partnership between the federal transportation, housing, and environmental agencies, which has thus far rewarded projects which combine transportation and efficient land use.
It is encouraging to see all of this push on sustainability and livability coming out of the federal governement. Hoping that all of this advocacy work materializes into real change in the way that communities are planned in America.