Assessing Community Sustainability for a Planned New Urban Development

Authors: Nomonde Gila*, Furman University, Matthew Cohen*, Furman University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science, United States
Keywords: Sustainable communities, sustainability rating systems, new urbanism, sustainability science
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Rapid urbanization and population growth are drivers of urban sprawl. Despite growing trends in urban reinvestment, sprawl development is still occurring in the United States with signs of continuation into the future. Therefore, this research seeks to identify potential sustainability outcomes in U.S. suburban developments, asking if sprawl will continue, what sustainability qualities might we expect of suburban communities? We present a case study New Urban development in suburban Greenville, South Carolina, to analyze community-scale sustainability. To achieve this objective, we synthesize multiple community sustainability rating systems to create a coherent set of criteria against which to judge the case study development. We found that the development is not truly sustainable but that it does showcases some “green” traits, including streetscaping, a 180-acre nature preserve, and long-lasting building materials, among other strategies. The research concludes with recommendations for both practice and research to better plan for and assess sustainable communities.

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