Project Summary

Title: Mississippi: Smart Growth Lecture SeriesTPUDC

Partner: Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative

Duration of Project: February 2007-August 2008

Project Description:  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, counties north of the I-10 corridor in Mississippi have grown exponentially.  In order to address our communities’ “growing” needs, CURIS approached the Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative (TPUDC).  Renowned for their planning services across the United States spanning from Holtville, California, all the way to Charleston, South Carolina, TPUDC was at the forefront in rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Mississippi Gulf Coast, it was to our delight they agreed to revisit Mississippi and use their expertise in New Urbanism to assist three rural communities. 

On behalf of George, Pearl River and Stone Counties, TPUDC assessed each county’s individual liabilities, assets and opportunities for smart growth in order to promote sustainable development.  Once completed, our staff, planners, county officials, citizens, and stakeholders then gathered together in Lucedale, Miss. for a mock charette*.  Throughout the day, the general public and local officials gave us their opinions regarding the vision of the town, and the artist incorporated it into the design.  Via open discussion, an example of an ideal master plan was developed to foster sustainability within our region.

* A charette is an activity that includes a planner and the input of the town’s population to come up with a master design.

Objectives: To Educate and inform public officials, stakeholders and the general public of Mississippi of the principles of Smart Growth and New Urbanism and why such an approach to development is an appropriate course of action and a viable option for the region.

Reports and Publications:
1. Progress Report I, PDF 12KB
2. Lecture Series, PDF 56KB
3. TPUDC. 2008. Mississippi Tri-County Smart Growth Series Report: Strategies for Small Town Investment. Final report submitted by the Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative.
PDF, 3.34MB