Land Use, Urban Form and Community Design

The natural services provided by environment depend largely on the how communities organize their land and the form that it takes (i.e., streets, parks, shopping areas, business parks). Most municipal approaches to development continue to follow a model of single-detached homes, extensive infrastructure needs, including sewer and water systems, as well as subsidized road-building. These land-use practices can increase travel times, expand the space required for the development while reducing access to public space, and create what is referred to as urban and rural sprawl. By selecting to create smaller, more compact and transit and walkable communities, municipalities can relieve the pressure on the natural environment, while also improve conditions, socially and culturally, for their residents.


September 26th, 2016

How will Ontario's Climate Action Plan affect Municipalities as They Manage Land Use & Urban Form + Plus, an Update on SSS's Speaker Series & Funding Opps!

December 15th, 2016

New SSS Website + Video Now Available from Nov. 29 Event + Congrats 2016 Sustainability Leadership Recipients + Report Card + Funding Opportunities

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