LETTER: Smart Growth Coalition endorses candidates

Saturday, March 27, 2010 | 5:18 p.m. CDT

The Boone County Smart Growth Coalition endorses the following candidates in the upcoming council and mayoral elections. These endorsements come from the Smart Growth Coalition only, not from any other organization. The following candidates have expressed their support for Smart Growth Principles:

Third Ward: Karl Skala

Fourth Ward: Tracy Greever-Rice

Mayor: Jerry Wade and Sid Sullivan (Both Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Wade have demonstrated significant support for Smart Growth principles.)

The Principles of Smart Growth are:

  • Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  • Create walkable neighborhoods
  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective
  • Mix land uses
  • Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty and critical environmental areas
  • Provide a variety of transportation choices
  • Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  • Take advantage of compact and green building design.

Ben R. Londeree is the chair of the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition.

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