Smart Growth for New York’s Public Infrastructure

On August 30, New York Governor David Patterson signed into law the “State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act.” The law establishes smart growth criteria for state infrastructure agencies (SIA), which include the NY State Department of Transportation, Department of Education, Housing Finance Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation, Environmental Facilities Corporation, Dormitory Authority, and Urban Development Corporation.

The law stipulates that SIA cannot approve, undertake, support, or finance a public infrastructure project unless it meets defined smart growth criteria. One of the criteria is that SIA would advance funding to existing infrastructure and projects only if they are consistent with local governments' plans for development. Further, criteria include community based planning, coordination among state and local governments, predictability in land use codes, and sustainability.

State Map on Smart Growth

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