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In a recent GlobeSt Q&A, partner Evelyn Heidelberg, leader of CGS3’s new Land Use/Environmental Resources (LER) practice group, discussed some of the land use and environmental challenges – and possible resolutions – that developers encounter in communities where “smart growth” meets the “not in my backyard” mentality. “Smart growth” – which aims to increase use of land in transit-serviced areas in order to provide better, more walkable residential areas – has seen an increase in popularity on the theoretical level. However, while appealing in theory, this idea often clashes with local general plans and meets with opposition from residents in both low-density and urban communities, causing unique hurdles for developers.

Read the full article on GlobeSt.com here.