Studies and Programs

Arizona Smart Growth Scorecard

The Arizona Smart Growth Scorecard is a voluntary, self-assessment tool that local jurisdictions can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their planning and development efforts. Planning and zoning decisions have considerable influence on quality of life and that of future generations. How land-use decisions are implemented affects every resident of every community, from travel to work and school, to which parks have picnic areas and pools, to the safety of neighborhoods.

Over 80 communities and counties have completed a scorecard. Some are using it to reframe development policies to create new choices and opportunities to advance economic sustainability. Some have tied it to performance measurements in their general and comprehensive plans. Its overall objective is to be an available resource to improve capacity for better planning resulting in positive environmental, social and economic benefits for communities and regions throughout Arizona.