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Quality of Life Growth Management

CEDS believes that development should preserve quality of life for both existing and future residents. Wherever possible, a development project should also be designed to make existing quality of life better. Both goals can be achieved through Quality of Life Growth Management (QLGM), a new approach to land use planning developed by CEDS.

QLGM can be applied to either an individual development project or growth throughout a community, town, city, county, region, or state. QLGM combines aspects of a variety of growth management approaches, such as Smart Growth, Environmentally Sensitive Design, Traffic Calming and Transportation Demand Management, etc.

QLGM & Individual Projects
For individual projects, CEDS uses a checklist to initially rate how well a project preserves and enhances quality of life. The checklist can be downloaded free by clicking the following title: CEDS Quality of Life Impact Review Checklist. With the guidance provided in Part I of the free CEDS book How To Win Land Development Issues you can complete the checklist on your own. The checklist will help determine whether a project takes advantage of all reasonable opportunities to first preserve, then enhance quality of life for existing and future residents. If you find this is not the case, then additional guidance in Chapters 35 to 42 will help you formulate a strategy for improving the project prior to final approval. For assistance from CEDS in completing the checklist or help in formulating a winning strategy, contact us at 1-800-773-4571 or Help@ceds.org.

QLGM Land Use Planning
The best way to keep your community a great place to live is to incorporate QLGM into every aspect of the local growth management process. A QLGM plan serves as the cornerstone in preserving and enhancing quality of life through growth management.

The QLGM plan is developed through a process that maximizes participation by all community members and consists of the following steps:

  1. Through mechanisms such as public opinion surveys, neighborhood meetings, and focus groups identify the quality of life factors the community views as important.
  2. Through these same mechanisms, develop a set of objective criteria for evaluating how a specific growth scenario will affect each quality of life factor the community finds important.
  3. Again using mechanisms which maximize public involvement, identify realistic growth scenarios for the community.
  4. Through an open process, rate how each growth scenario will affect each quality of life factor using the community's quality of life impact criteria.
  5. After circulating the results of the ratings, employ a variety of mechanisms for maximizing community participation in selecting the most desirable growth scenario, a combination of scenarios, or drafting new scenarios if all those previously identified fail to provide the benefits desired by the community.
  6. Once the community reaches consensus on the most desirable growth scenario, a QLGM plan is drafted. The plan sets forth:
    • the process used to select the community's desired growth scenario;
    • the benefits this scenario will provide; and
    • the changes to laws, government programs, and other mechanisms required to achieve the community's desired pattern of growth.
  7. The draft QLGM plan is then circulated throughout the community for review.
  8. The final draft of the QLGM is formally adopted by the local elected body.
  9. As stated above, to ensure that future growth patterns match the desired scenario set forth in the QLGM plan, local laws which regulate how development occurs must be amended accordingly. These laws would include zoning and subdivision ordinances, development regulations, etc. It may also be necessary to change how tax dollars are spent which would involve amendments to the local budget, the capital improvement program, etc.
  10. This QLGM planning process should be repeated every six- to ten-years or whenever conditions warrant reconsideration of the community's desired growth scenario, such as when a major rezoning proposal is made or an annexation request is received.

For assistance from CEDS in preparing a QLGM plan for your neighborhood, community, town, city, or county, contact us at 1-800-773-4571 or Help@ceds.org.

About CEDS

CEDS exists solely to help citizens win land development and environmental issues. Because of this specialization, we can pull together a top-notch team of leading experts to quickly analyze your situation and develop the easiest, least expensive strategy for success. Our strategies employ an aggressive approach on multiple fronts: legal, technical, and political. Because of this unique approach our clients win 75% of their cases vs. the much lower success rate typical of more conventional campaign strategies. And our victories come at a fraction of the cost.

Our approach to winning land use and environmental cases is described in a 170-page book which can be downloaded free by clicking on the following title: How To Win Land Development Issues: A Citizens Guide To Preserving & Enhancing Quality of Life in Developing Areas


Our Mission: To help citizens win Smart Growth victories.