Quality Growth Toolbox Project
Resources and Results for Middle Tennessee
|The CRT Quality Growth Toolbox Project was undertaken to create new education, resources, and successful implementation techniques for the 10-county CRT region of middle Tennessee. The first of its kind in Tennessee, the project supports and accelerates the adoption of innovative professional practices in community development, comprehensive planning, community investment and design, strategic open space conservation, integrated land use and transportation planning, and guided infrastructure investments that support regional and local community and economic development priorities.
More than 150 regional and state leaders were involved in creation of the toolbox. Leading regional and state partner organizations, communities, and companies were involved in creating and piloting the CRT Quality Growth Toolbox published in December 2006. Following its release, a regional pilot project was undertaken to create successful community education offerings, resources, and implementation techniques for the 10-county region beginning in 2007 and continuing today. Strategic partnerships formed with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Wildlife and Recreation Administration, American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Middle Tennessee, University of Tennessee (UT) School of Architecture and Design, Greater Nashville Regional Council, and other important partners made possible the dramatic results we are now seeing across middle Tennessee.
Using CRT Principles for Quality Growth and nationally vetted best practices and standards, the Quality Growth Toolbox Project helps counties and cities create updated frameworks to guide growth and development in keeping with local and regional goals and objectives. The project taps the vision of local public and private sector leaders to shape a community-supported vision and action plan for desired growth outcomes. It also brings in expertise from the professional planning and design community to help create and support the local vision through the Quality Growth Toolbox pilot project process.
The project is the key element in the overall regional strategy to encourage growth planning in support of the middle Tennessee region's future livability, sustainability, and economic vitality. CRT researched best practices for growth and development planning from all over the country and compiled them into a comprehensive set of strategies, tools and resources for local governments to learn and apply. These strategies are presented in chapters of the CRT Quality Growth Toolbox.
Successful implementation of the CRT Quality Growth Toolbox Project has occurred by following the project facilitation framework that describes four specific phases and corresponding actions for each, successfully developed and used by CRT during Quality Growth Toolbox Pilot Project work.
The project is the key element in the overall regional strategy to encourage growth planning in support of the middle Tennessee region's future livability, sustainability, and economic vitality.