Mayor Scott Avedisian has been named to the Advisory Board of the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council, a non-partisan group of local elected officials who are committed to building and strengthening communities throughout the country, he announced recently. He will travel to Washington, D.C., for the board’s first Strategy Summit this weekend.
The Local Leaders Council is a new national network of local elected leaders representing a diverse array of communities who are committed to using “smart growth” techniques within their communities to help them compete and thrive in the current economy, create vibrant spaces in which to live and work, and provide good transportation and housing choices for their citizens.
Responsibilities of the council’s Advisory Board’s two dozen members include traveling regionally and nationally to share their communities’ stories, helping shape activities and direction of the new Local Leaders Council, convening for the annual strategy summit, and advising and assisting communities that want to emulate successful policies and share policy. Members also gain access to policy development and implementation assistance, along with other benefits. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory are board co-chairmen.
In his profile, Avedisian cites smart growth practices as critical components to ensuring and preserving a good quality of life within a community and noted his administration’s focus on affordable housing, brown fields remediation, creation and improvement of parks, protection of open space, public health initiatives and making neighborhoods more pedestrian friendly during his tenure.
Avedisian also highlights the Warwick Station Development District and its Master Plan, which earned a 2012 Outstanding Smart Growth Plan Award. The plan will guide development of 95 acres surrounding T.F. Green Airport and the InterLink intermodal train station. The plan envisions a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented hub that builds upon existing investments to develop a sustainable, attractive, 24-hour live/work environment, attract new economic activity and enhance commuter ridership, promote parking, walkability and connectivity within the district, and create a strong vibrant sense of place to appeal to businesses, residents, developers and tourists.