Smart Growth Publications and Toolkits

Cover: On Common Ground Fall 2023 Issue
On Common Ground

A free, semi-annual magazine published by NAR, On Common Ground presents a wide range of views on smart growth issues, with the goal of encouraging dialog among REALTORS®, elected officials, and other interested citizens.

Cover: Main Street Downtown Assessment How-to Guide
Walkable Community Resources

Walkable communities are becoming the latest trend in real estate and REALTORS® need to be aware of how the demand for walkable communities impacts real estate and their business. Check out the NAR resources that can help make your community more walkable.

Download the Smart Growth Toolkit
Smart Growth Tookit

Smart Growth Toolkit: A Guide to REALTOR® Involvement in Community Development is a collection of strategies, resources, and success stories meant to inspire REALTORS® and Associations on ways they can help improve their community’s land use and transportation systems for long-term success. 

Download the Placemaking Toolkit
Placemaking Toolkit

Placemaking is simply a way of creating a place in a community where people want to visit and be. This toolkit offers an overview of placemaking, steps to get started, and examples of placemaking in action.

Water Infrastructure Toolkit

This toolkit offers a grounding in the basic issues of water infrastructure and points to further resources for those wanting to delve deeper into particular aspects. The information can help REALTORS® be strong advocates for the water rights of their customers and be community leaders proactive in finding solutions to infrastructure challenges.

Transportation Toolkit: A Toolkit for REALTORS®
Transportation Toolkit

This toolkit contains 14 papers addressing topics relevant to today's transportation concerns. The National Association of Realtors® believes that transportation is a vitally important issue to communities and to the real estate industry. Also includes a glossary of terms, frequently asked questions and NAR's official policy.

Public Schools Toolkit

Schools are an important factor in a community's quality of life and are, therefore, an important factor in the business of real estate. NAR has produced this toolkit to help REALTORS® enhance their knowledge and understanding of the public school system so they can become involved in improving their schools and communities.


Smart Growth

The healthier a community, the better the environment for REALTORS®. Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task.

Smart Growth Grants

Smart Growth Action Grants support a wide range of land-use and transportation-related activities.