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12 Blueprint Smart Growth Principles

The 12 Blueprint Smart Growth Principles represent the core values of the Valley. The principles are used as the basis for Blueprint planning and implementation. The 12 Blueprint Smart Growth Principles establish a benchmark for Blueprint related decision-making and provide guidance for achieving the adopted San Joaquin Valley Blueprint. On the Planners Toolkit, each of the tools is identified with one or more of the following 12 Blueprint Smart Growth Principle icons that indicate which of the principles it helps to implement.

  • Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  • Create walkable neighborhoods
  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration
  • Enhance the economic vitality of the region
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective
  • Mix land uses
  • Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  • Provide a variety of transportation choices
  • Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  • Support actions that encourage environmental resource management
  • Take advantage of compact building design