Bob Snowden, Chair; Harry Kammeral, Vice Chair; and Russell Riggs, NAR Staff for the Land Use, Private Property Rights, and Environment Committee.

Did you see me in REALTOR® Magazine? They had a nice picture and a review of the Smart Growth for the 21st Century Class. Whoever wrote that did a nice job of pulling out some good points from the four-hour event.

Yesterday, I also had a very interesting Land Use Committee meeting. I spoke in opposition to one proposal. If you would like to know more about this large policy committee, please contact me!

From the REALTOR® Magazine article “Smart Growth: Where Do You Start?“:

…Smart growth — the idea of creating or redeveloping neighborhoods, towns, and cities to have diverse amenities and transportation options that maximize quality of life for residents and visitors — has transformed places across the globe. But if you’re trying to figure out how to apply smart-growth principles to your community, too, getting started can be overwhelming.

There are many facets of smart growth, from diversifying housing options to preserving open space for communal gathering and rezoning for mix-use buildings, noted instructor John Rosshirt, GRI, CRS, of Stanberry & Associates in Austin, Texas. It can be hard to know where to start when trying to sell your local leaders on a smart growth concept.

Focus on the one or two changes your community can make that will bring the highest economic benefits while inspiring positive shifts in your way of life, Rosshirt said. “It’s easy to change things when people see a way to profit from it,” he added.

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John Rosshirt is a residential broker and part owner of Stanberry & Associates REALTORS®.