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McCall, Idaho, is looking for help to gather public input on proposals to encourage growth into three village centers along the East-West Loop roadway. Photo: City of McCall

The EPA has selected five communities to receive assistance from a team of private-sector national experts in planning for future growth. The EPA will direct ICF Consulting, Fairfax, Va., to organize multi-disciplinary teams to provide the communities with tools and resources to find innovative ways of sustaining environmentally sensitive growth and economic progress.

The communities selected are:

  • College Park, Md.: College Park is looking to revitalize Route 1 into a mixed-use area with new pedestrian-oriented, infill development.
  • Taos, N.M.: This town is seeking assistance to obtain community input on design and development issues along the 3.3-mile Paseo del Pueblo Sur corridor.
  • Cheyenne, Wyo.: The city is creating a plan for growth that will protect environmental resources, encourage more development in existing neighborhoods, and create new development that is walkable and provides housing choices and options.
  • Aquidneck Island, R.I.: The island's planning commission and municipalities, along with the U.S. Navy, recently completed a redevelopment master plan that aims to protect environmental quality by preserving natural ecosystems and promoting growth in established centers.
  • McCall, Idaho: McCall and its residents have crafted a comprehensive plan designed to protect environmental resources and encourage redevelopment in the city limits.
  • For more information, visit www.epa.gov/smartgrowth.