Project Summary

Title: Alabama Coastal Smart Growth Outreach ProjectAuburn

Partner: Auburn University, Community Planning Program

Duration of Project: September 2007-July 2008

Project Description: Population increases throughout our four-state focus area are resulting in mass subdivision developments encroaching on agriculture lands and an increased pressure on existing infrastructure. An underlying cornerstone of CURIS’s mission is to provide expanding communities an alternative to urban sprawl.  In order to reach out to our communities in Alabama, CURIS partnered with Auburn University to provide a series of workshops on smart growth to citizens, public officials and stakeholders in Clarke, Monroe, Escambia and Washington Counties.

Objectives: To share information on smart growth principles and sustainable development practices in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region of Alabama including the counties of Clarke, Monroe, Escambia and Washington.

Methodology: The entire extension project (brochure, PowerPoint workshops, and community comments) was assessed by an outcome assessment survey with the people who participated in the workshops. In addition to information being presented to stakeholders in the region and to specific communities, the team also listened actively and took notes on what the workshop participants said and thought about smart growth principles and sustainable development practices in relation to their day-to-day lives in Alabama.

Reports and Publications:
1. Progress Report I, PDF 6KB
2. Progress Report II, PDF 6KB
3. Progress Report III, PDF 6KB
4. Presentation: Growth Management & Smart Growth In a Coastal Context, Presented at the 2008 MSU-CURIS Partners Annual Meeting, MSU-Coastal Research and Extension Center, Biloxi, MS May 7. PDF, 1.29MB
5. Gaber, J., R. Retzlaff, and E. Swindall. 2008. Alabama Coastal Smart Growth Outreach Project. Final report submitted by Auburn University, Community Planning Program. PDF, 798KB