Publications

Explore the variety of reports offering in-depth information and constructive analysis of our region's most pressing land use and transportation issues.


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Smart Growth is Smart Economics: Sustainable Development in the Greater Richmond Region, SELC 2010

Sprawling development is costly to taxpayers and to household budgets, and it has increased drive times, traffic, and tailpipe pollution while leading to the rapid loss of Virginia’s farmland, natural areas, and open spaces. SELC’s transportation and land use experts are advocating policy reforms that will help reverse these trends and promote smart growth that better integrates where people live, work, and shop.

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Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future of the Greater Richmond Region, SELC 2010

The Richmond region has had the fastest rate of land development and the highest rate of driving in Virginia. This report examines major trends in the region that are spurring a new approach to growth, as well as the multiple benefits of mixed use, walkable, sustainable communities. It also highlights policy reforms that can advance more sustainable growth in the region.

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Putting the Future Together by James Crupi, for the Greater Richmond Chamber, 2007

Putting the Future Together, a report by Texas consultant James Crupi, looks at Greater Richmond’s strengths and weaknesses and makes recommendations for moving the region forward.

New Directions: Land Use, Transportation, Climate Change in Virginia, SELC, 2007

Virginia and the Richmond region are being rapidly transformed. Our abundant natural resources, beautiful landscapes, bountiful farmland, vibrant communities and wealth of historic and cultural resources provide an outstanding quality of life. But sprawling development and asphalt-centered transportation policies are steering Virginia toward dire consequences. Yet, it's not too late to change course.

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Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, Urban Land Institute, 2007

This seminal book documents how key changes in land development patterns could help reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. The research team concludes that less auto-dependent development is key to mitigating climate change.

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Connections and Choices: Affordable Housing and Smarter Growth in the Greater Richmond Region, SELC and LISC, 2007

For better or for worse, the Richmond region is rapidly expanding. This report explores the enormous economic, health, environmental, and social impacts of the housing, land development, and transportation trends transforming the Greater Richmond Area. 

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Healthy Communities Choices for the Greater Richmond Region, SELC, 2011

This Southern Environmental Law Center report profiles some of the smarter development activities and opportunities in our region, highlights some of the critical issues about where and how we grow, and illustrates the importance of policies that can promote the health benefits of smarter growth. Lincoln Mews, Bon Secours, Bandana Farm and Jackson Ward.