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Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Project

Welcome to the homepage for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Project! This site will serve as the base for learning about the project, the Sustainable Communities Design Workshop workshop details, and updates.  

Workshop Summary

The Sustainable Community Design Workshop was held October 19-21st to explore the idea of sustainable communities and mixed use “centers.” The workshop provided an ideal setting to explore how the “centers” idea can work for Fern Creek, and in turn, how this area can serve as a model for other parts of Louisville and the region. Activities for the workshop included formal presentations; group discussions (focusing on design, transportation, housing, neighborhoods, environment, open space, economic development, and land use); and open design studios.  Post-workshop materials will be added as developed.  Stay posted for more information. 

Pre-workshop Materials
Workshop Information Sheet
Workshop Schedule

Workshop Presentations
Tuesday, October 19 (PowerPoint - 29 MB)
Wednesday, October 20 (PowerPoint - 9 MB)
Thursday, October 21 (PowerPoint - 4 MB)

Workshop Stories
HUD in Kentucky Feature - Recap of Workshop

Participate in the Project
If you were unable to attend the workshop, attended the workshop but have additional ideas or feedback, or want to provide a general comment, we welcome your input here. 
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Participate in the post-workshop survey

Click here to receive E-mail updates on the project

Project Overview
On September 17th, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Louisville, KY would be one of four communities in the nation to receive technical assistance on growth and development-related issues through the Agency’s Smart Growth Implementation Program. The Agency also announced that Louisville and the other three communities, chosen from among more than 100 applicants, would also receive help from the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, thanks to the Administration’s new Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. 

The EPA team will be providing technical assistance to help develop a plan to retrofit a suburban community in ways that will create a more vibrant activity center where walking, bicycling and public transportation are real options for residents.

Project Goals

  • Engage in an educational public process that explains Louisville’s Centers Concept, demonstrate what these new centers look like, and understand the benefits centers can provide to the community.
  • Examine the built environment of the Floyd’s Fork area and identify strategies for linking existing commercial property, affordable housing, roads and other infrastructure, and maximizing local access and connectivity while relieving the transportation burden to the automotive corridors.
  • Demonstrate how compact development, infrastructure strategies, and retrofitting techniques can provide convenient access and connections to new and existing development.
  • Develop recommendations for how town center development and a retrofit toolkit can be applied to Cornerstone 2020 and the Louisville’s Floyd Fork area and decide which strategies are most appropriate for their context.
  • Examine the development review and approval process to demonstrate how the development of land can be more thoughtfully undertaken.


Background Information

EPA Press Release - September 17, 2009