Smart Growth

Charlotte Sustainability Index

Charlotte, North Carolina's Sustainability Index (2005) is a checklist for evaluating development and redevelopment projects in transit corridors, business districts, and neighborhood infill areas. The index rates a project in categories based on the city council's strategic priorities, including healthy neighborhoods; efficient use of public funds; community safety and prosperity; smart growth principles; and financial need, risk, and return. The index can be useful to communities interested in seeing development and redevelopment projects that support policy goals.

  • Issue categories:
    • Supports healthy neighborhoods
    • Expands transportation choices
    • Uses public resources as a catalyst for desired outcomes
    • Builds competitive economic edge
    • Promotes design for livability
    • Builds planning capacity
    • Safeguards the environment
  • Number of questions: 17
  • Scale of each rated component: Excellent, Good, Fair
  • Summary score: Yes

See more scorecards to help evaluate municipal-level policies, specific projects, and community components on EPA's Smart Growth Scorecards page.

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