Land use planners are increasingly turning to a strategic approach to conservation and development that guides urban growth and protected areas into more suitable places as America’s growing rate of land consumption and fragmentation has prompted them to consider.
Green infrastructure planning is a strategic approach to conservation that combines elements of previous US conservation planning methods and practices into a comprehensive structure that can be used on a broader scale.
Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and other natural areas; greenways, parks, and other conservation lands; working farms, ranches, and forests; and wilderness and other open spaces that support native species, maintain natural ecological processes.
This paper aims to provide a more structured definition of green infrastructure plans, as well as “best practice” guidelines for green infrastructure development, and a framework for assessing green infrastructure plans at different scales. The paper offers evaluation criteria for regional and local levels that can be used by planners in the future as a reference or checklist of standards for developing environmentally beneficial projects.