Health and well-being are related to many aspects of community design.

As a pioneering organization at the forefront of effective tools and techniques for community engagement, LGC provides direct planning and technical assistance to elected officials, staff, and community leaders to help create more livable communities. Our team maintains extensive relationships with experts in various disciplines to address issues around livability, transportation, sustainability and health. Our community-design work is modeled on and shaped by our Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities.

Our community-design team incorporates equity in all of our projects. We work in underserved regions, partner with community-based organizations, conduct events in multiple languages, and engage directly with a diverse range of community members.

Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities

The Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities, written in 1991 by the Local Government Commission, paved the way for the Smart Growth movement and New Urbanism. These principles provide a blueprint for elected officials to create compact, mixed-use, walkable, transit-oriented developments in their local communities.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

This annual conference brings together a diversity of participants crossing disciplinary lines to share experiences, insights, valuable implementation tools, and strategies for addressing smart growth.

Thriving Locally

In partnership with LGC, San Joaquin Valley local leaders are sharing successes with one another and spreading what works to new communities.

Yosemite Policymakers Conference

This annual conference brings together local elected officials throughout California to discuss the latest issues and strategies for building more livable communities.