Smart growth development projects are compact and walkable, offer a mix of uses, and create a sense
of place. Such projects on infill sites have environmental benefits because they can reduce development
pressure on outlying areas, helping to safeguard lands that serve important ecological functions; can
reduce the amount that people drive, improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
can lead to the cleanup and reuse of formerly economically viable but now abandoned sites, including
those contaminated with hazardous substances.