Policy Audit

The Smart Growth Policy Audit will help you review the land use and development policies in your community, to see if they help your community achieve its vision for smarter growth.

This Tool will help you find areas in which your community’s intentions are at odds with the actual policy statements and implementing rules in your legal documents. It will also check if the rules implementing the policies (codes or regulations) conform to the policy statements.

Using the Policy Audit

Depending on what your community needs, you can use the whole audit or you can use segments of the audit.

You can use this tool as a guide to understanding your community’s land use and development policy documents. It will help you appreciate which provisions are most critical to achieving smart growth and how regulations can enable or work at cross purposes with smart growth policies.

You can use this tool to learn more about a particular smart growth principle (e.g. “Mixing Land Use”) and to understand what kind of policies support the principle.

You can use it to audit one specific topic (such as transportation options) of your land use and development policies.

You can conduct a full audit of all your community’s land use and development policies.

You can also use this tool to review proposed changes in your community’s land use and development policies.

To download the Policy Audit (PDF), click here.
To download the Policy Audit (.doc), click here.