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A National Call to End Sprawl
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ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

A NATIONAL CALL TO END SPRAWL

WHEREAS, over the last several decades, sprawled development – characterized by low-density, single-purpose land use; ad hoc, disjointed planning; siting of new construction in fertile farmlands; and excessive consumption of greenfields – has exacerbated economic, environmental and social problems; and

WHEREAS, this pattern of sprawl development is draining cities of tax revenues and cultural diversity; putting impossible infrastructure demands on outer ring suburban jurisdictions, leading to traffic congestion and an expensive and unending cycle of road building; as well as contributing mightily to water, land and air pollution; and

WHEREAS, low crime rates, affordable housing, adequate public transportation and good public schools are necessary to attract residents to cities that have lost population over the last three decades; and

WHEREAS, redeveloping brownfield sites presents a significant opportunity to recycle previously used land and revitalize our cities to the extent that, according to research conducted by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, 115 of America’s cities have the capacity to absorb more than 3.4 million people without adding appreciably to their infrastructure -- a population about equal to the City of Los Angeles; and

WHEREAS, recognizing the problems of sprawl, many cities are taking steps to manage their growth by redeveloping brownfields, conserving open space, and adopting other measures that reverse disinvestment in existing communities (e.g., in November 1998, voters approved 72% of the 240 state and local ballot measures put before them on conservation, parklands, and smart growth); and

WHEREAS, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development recommends managing the geographic growth of existing communities and the siting of new ones through using land efficiently, promoting mixed-use and mixed-income development, retaining public open space, and providing diverse transportation options,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors declares that sprawl represents one of the greatest environmental challenges facing our nation’s cities in the new millennium; and calls on federal, state and local agencies to cooperate to develop comprehensive and coordinated strategies that promote all of the ingredients that go into making healthy and livable cities -- ones that are attractive, clean, safe, and rich in educational and employment opportunities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors enters into new partnerships with groups approved by its President to form urban-rural coalitions that will preserve America’s farmland and simultaneously revitalize its cities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on Congress and the Administration to provide tools to local governments to redevelop their brownfield sites through such means as addressing brownfield redevelopment liability, the need for environmental assessments, and funding for clean up; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on the U.S. Department of Transportation to work with state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations throughout the country to examine new highway construction priorities and a national program that concerns creating alternative transportation systems fostering more compact and sustainable development; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to organize its anti-pollution programs into a more comprehensive, coordinated approach aimed at combating sprawl; and to work in conjunction with other federal agencies in combining federal environmental resources so that local elected officials have access one-stop shopping for addressing sprawl; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to join with the U.S. Department of Commerce to repackage its economic development programs so that they work with local governments in ways that stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed neighborhoods and encourage the development of untapped markets.

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