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The NextStep website and the Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) are winding down and will no longer function after June 30, 2015. Until then, the website will be accessible, but existing web site content will not be updated nor will new resources or other new content be added to the site. Learn more.
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- Affordable Housing and Better Neighborhoods
A 92-page book and 2007 home construction drawings are available to assist in building well-designed affordable single family homes (1-4 units) while creating livable neighborhoods.
- Better Site Design: A Handbook for Changing Development Rules in Your Community
22 model guidelines for development and protection of watersheds.
- Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space
3 studies on how land conservation helps communities grow smart and protect the bottom line.
- Green Neighborhood Certification
A new rating system, LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND), integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design.
- Habitation Patterns & Zoning Codes
The book "A Pattern Language," the transect and its associated model zoning code, the SmartCode, are powerful design guidelines to use in bringing about vibrant built communities.
- Livability 101: What Makes a Community Livable?
This online publication shows what works for communities across the country, and offers useful rules of thumb for citizens, architects and other professionals working to make cities more livable.
- Placemaking: Tools for Community Action
An on-line guide with links to computer-based planning tools that can enhance public participation in decision-making, and smart growth technical assistance from 1000 Friends of Minnesota.
- Sustainable Development Codes & Ordinances, including: MN Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development
Several excellent local and national storehouses of sustainable development codes and ordinances for communities.
- Transit-Oriented Development Guidebook
Provides implementation details specific to Minnesota for creating vibrant land use patterns supportive of transit ridership, walking, pedestrian activity and the needs of daily life.
Interplay Between the Built and the Social Environments The first focus of traditional neighborhood design is to understand the way in which design and placement of buildings can support residents and small businesses in the creation of social capital, that essential reservoir of resilience and innovation for communities. - Ray Gindroz, Urban Design Associates (Pittsburgh).