The healthier a community, the better the environment for REALTORS®. Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task. Who better to be stewards of their community than REALTORS®? Whether your community is grappling with transportation and land use issues, crowded schools or open space, or working to bring vacant properties back to productive use, NAR's Smart Growth program has resources to help your association plant seeds that will pay dividends for your members for years to come.
NAR offers many Smart Growth resources and programs specifically for association staff, including grants, issue research and assistance, publications and polling and surveys. Learn about these programs by exploring this section!
For several years now, NAR’s Smart Growth Grant Program has assisted local REALTOR® Associations with the development of communities. Projects incorporate mixed-land uses and compact building design to create a range of development opportunities, choices, and walk-able neighborhoods.
Applying smart growth principles is a proven, favored approach to development. Work is done to preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas while also providing more transportation options.
State Issues Tracker
Use the State Issues Tracker to access analysis presented via an interactive, searchable database to make comparisons among different state approaches to an issue. The tracker includes citations of the particular state law addressing each issue.
Smart Growth Programs
Whether your community is grappling with transportation and land use issues, crowded schools, open space, or another community issue, NAR’s Smart Growth program has resources to help you and your association plant seeds that will pay dividends for years to come.
NAR’s Placemaking Initiative provides technical and financial assistance to help REALTOR® associations, and their members, initiate placemaking activities – transforming public spaces into vibrant community places -- in their community.