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RFP: Smart Growth Case Studies

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  • Dayana Salazar
    Please respond to Katie Petrone (301)-405-6788 or kpetrone@ursp.md.edu Request for Proposals: University Efforts to Encourage Smart Growth About the Request
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 11, 2002
      Please respond to Katie Petrone (301)-405-6788 or kpetrone@...

      Request for Proposals:
      University Efforts to Encourage Smart Growth
      About the Request for Proposals
      Smart Growth Principles
      Proposal and Program Timeline
      Submission Instructions

      Deadline - January 15, 2003

      Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning with support from the
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Lincoln Institute of
      Land Policy

      About the Request for Proposals

      Concerns about sprawl, traffic congestion, and loss of open space
      have risen to the top of community concerns. Often, while the
      problems are recognized, communities do not have the expertise or
      economic resources to address them. Driven in part by increased calls
      for accountability and "engagement," institutions of higher education
      have begun to play active roles in bringing their intellectual and
      institutional resources to bear on their surrounding communities.

      Within universities, departments and schools of urban or regional
      planning, urban affairs, and other planning-related departments have
      often been leaders in creating partnership projects, involving
      faculty and students with community and civic organizations. This
      involvement has often been of very long duration, moving from project
      to project, enhancing the public debate while providing research
      opportunities for faculty and educational value for students.

      The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, with support from
      the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Lincoln Institute of
      Land Policy, requests proposals for chapters that describe case
      studies of university actions that help communities analyze and
      address issues of smart growth. The chapters will appear in an
      edited, published volume, tentatively titled Lessons in Smart Growth:
      University Case Studies and Best Practices, to be published by the
      Lincoln Institute.

      The book will consist of ten to twelve chapters that address any
      program area related to smart growth. Smart growth issues include
      topics such as growth management, open space preservation, suburban
      housing affordability, downtown and neighborhood revitalization,
      increasing transportation choice, expanding housing choice, reducing
      impervious cover, reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled, brownfields
      redevelopment, urban infill, building rehabilitation, transit
      oriented development, preservation of community character, etc.

      The book will aim to highlight collaborations between universities
      and stakeholders (i.e., community and civic organizations, local
      government practitioners, policy makers, etc.) of geographically
      diverse locations: rural, ex-urban, suburban, and urban. These case
      studies should provide a candid discussion of: how and why the
      project was initiated; who were the parties involved; the primary
      objectives of the project; the smart growth approaches, technology,
      or innovative techniques used; information resources used;
      achievements; outcomes; challenges; insights; as well as the
      potential for transferability.

      The format and content of the case study will be geared toward a
      practitioner audience. They should seek to share practices and
      lessons learned that are transferable to another university,
      community, and/or collaborative partnership. Case studies should
      describe initiatives that are substantially completed. Also, they
      should convey how universities worked with stakeholders to encourage
      smart growth through research, technical assistance, planning
      strategies, and/or community based partnerships that respect
      community culture and the environment, foster economic development,
      and enhance quality of life. An editorial committee will review each
      draft case study (expected to have a length of approximately 25-30
      pages) and offer detailed comments on each draft.

      Respondents to this RFP should submit a proposal for the chapter to
      be written. Proposals will be selected based on how well they address
      the following criteria:

      Relevance to the practice of smart growth (see smart growth
      principles) and community development
      Contribution to knowledge about the community development field
      Methods used in the project
      Clarity and quality of writing
      Smart Growth Principles

      The case study should convey how university efforts facilitated,
      resulted in, or encouraged smart growth. In addition to the criteria
      above, case studies need to address as many as possible of the
      following ten principles of smart growth:

      Mix land uses
      Take advantage of compact building design.
      Create housing opportunities and choices for a range of household
      types, family size and incomes.
      Create walkable neighborhoods.
      Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.
      Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical
      environmental areas.
      Reinvest in and strengthen existing communities and achieve more
      balanced regional development.
      Provide a variety of transportation choices.
      Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost-effective.
      Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions.
      Proposal and Program Timeline

      January 15, 2003 Proposals Due
      February 15, 2003 Notice of Acceptance
      June 30, 2003 Draft Case Studies Due
      August 31, 2003 Final Case Studies Due


      Each person or team selected to write a full chapter will receive a
      $1,000 honorarium, upon completion of the final draft.

      Submission Instructions

      Format: No more than a five-page, double-spaced proposal must be
      submitted in Microsoft Word or ASCII text format - on disk or by
      email (as an attachment).
      Contact Information: Include the following information for each
      person submitting a proposal:
      Professional title and affiliation
      Complete mailing address
      Telephone number, fax number
      E-mail address
      One-page biographical sketch
      Deadline: All proposals must be post marked or received by January 15, 2003.
      Submissions can be sent via email as Microsoft Word attachments or by mail to:
      Katie Petrone
      National Center for Smart Growth
      University of Maryland
      College Park, MD 20742


      Kristen Kepnick
      College of Business Administration, m/c 075
      University of Illinois at Chicago
      601 South Morgan, Room 2203
      Chicago Illinois 60607-7122


      Wim Wiewel, Dean, College of Business Administration, and Professor
      of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

      Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Director, National Center for Smart Growth, and
      Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Maryland at
      College Park


      Please direct your questions to Katie Petrone (301)-405-6788 or
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