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Smart Growth Resources for Associations

NAR has resources available for associations to help your staff learn about smart growth issues or develop programs for your members and community.


NAR’s Smart Growth program conducts surveys to gauge public opinion on land use, growth and community issues. See recent surveys.


On Common Ground magazine, published twice a year, presents a wide range of views on smart growth issues. Read an issue now or order copies for your association.

The Growth Management Factbook provides in-depth discussions on land-use management policies. Access this reference if you need to get up-to-speed on various land use management technics and their impact on the real estate industry.


The Smart Growth Toolkit provides in-depth discussions on all aspects of the built environment. Use this resource to get up-to-speed on land use development practices that can be used to solve a variety of community growing pains.

The Placemaking Guide offers REALTORS® and state and local association staff details of Placemaking, the kinds of projects placemaking entails, how to organize them, and where to go for assistance and resources.

The Transportation Toolkit provides in-depth articles on all aspects of community transportation systems. Use this resource to get up-to-speed on cutting-edge community transportation techniques.

The Public Schools Toolkit provides in-depth articles on all aspects of public school development and management. Use this resource to learn the nuts-and-bolts of school development policies and techniques.

The Water Infrastructure Toolkit offers a grounding in the basic issues of water infrastructure and points to further resources for those wanting to delve deeper into particular aspects. The information can help REALTORS® be strong advocates for the water rights of their customers and be community leaders in finding solutions to infrastructure challenges.

Build a Better Block Guide is an overview of Better Block, process that empowers communities and their leaders to reshape the built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods,  to help you, along with your partners, to plan and organize a Better Block

 Field Guides:

Click here to learn about smart growth and land use topics through NAR's information field guides.