Smart Growth Programs for Associations
The healthier a community, the better the environment for REALTORS®. Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task. Who better to be stewards of their community than REALTORS®? Whether your community is grappling with transportation and land use issues, crowded schools or open space, or working to bring vacant properties back to productive use, NAR's Smart Growth program has resources to help your association plant seeds that will pay dividends for your members for years to come.
NAR offers many Smart Growth resources and programs specifically for association staff, including grants, issue research and assistance, publications and polling and surveys. Learn about these programs by exploring this section!
NAR’s Placemaking Initiative provides technical and financial assistance to help REALTOR® associations, and their members, initiate placemaking activities – transforming public spaces into vibrant community places -- in their community. The centerpiece is a guide on placemaking but also includes a series of webinars and presentations, and other resources.
2013 Community Preference Survey
This survey of 1,500 Americans shows a preference for living in walkable neighborhoods, and a strong desire for public transportation.
Short-Term Rental Housing Restrictions White Paper
Many local governments are seeking to regulate short-term rental housing in various ways. This white paper, prepared by NAR consultant Robinson & Cole LLP, analyzes the issues raised by these different regulatory approaches; provides REALTORS® with ways to address these issues, and outlines "best practices" approaches to short-term rental housing that REALTORS® can use in discussing the issue with local government officials.
If you have questions about these programs and resources, please contact NAR's Smart Growth staff:
Managing Director, Smart Growth and Housing Opportunity
Smart Growth/Community Outreach Representative
Land Use Initiative/State & Local Government Affairs Representative
Community Outreach Representative (Placemaking Initiative)