2024 Smart Growth Awards

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The 2024 Smart Growth Awards is Coming!

Vision Long Island’s Smart Growth Awards is coming! Organized by a long time sponsor – more like family, really – it’s some of the best networking I know. Hope you sign up for their deeply informative Main Street News, follow them on Facebook, and check out their Vimeo for insightful interviews with all sorts of people who make it their business to serve the people and communities of Long Island.

Honoring Folks Who Strengthen Our Communities

For two and a half decades, Vision Long Island has been honoring individuals, organizations and projects that advance the growth of our downtowns and infrastructure. Specific focus areas include transit-oriented development, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, traffic calming, transportation enhancements, clean energy and community based planning. Join them:
What: 2024 Smart Growth Awards
When: June 14, 11am-2pm
Where: The Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury
Registration & Sponsorship Opportunities: Available here

2024 Honorees Include

One thing I really love about this event is the videography of Rob Comforto, who for decades now, has helped Vision share its events, its work and important, informative conversations with a full range of local and regional leadership, including mini-documentaries explaining the people, projects and policies they honor. You’ve got to dig, but it’s worth the effort, and you’ll a lot more worth watching along the way! Here are the folks he’ll be mini-documenting this year:

Government Leadership: Hon. Fried Thiele, NYS Assembly

Community Leadership: Sister Mary Reid, First Baptist Church of Bay Shore

Walkability: Hon. Siela Bynoe, Nassau County Legislator

Walkability: Bernard Macias & AARP LI & AARP LI Volunteers

Affordable Housing: The Grove, East Patchogue, Town of Brookhaven & Georgica Green

Affordable Housing: Port Jefferson Crossing, Village of Port Jefferson & Conifer Realty

Affordable Housing: Bishop Ron H. Carter, Manor, Freeport, D&F Development & Village of Freeport

Affordable Housing: Liberty Gardens, Southampton, Concern Housing

Affordable Housing: ADU Plus One, Long Island Housing Partnership

Transit Oriented Development: 37 West Cherry St, Hicksville, Town of Oyster Bay & BHC Architects

Transit Oriented Development: One Carnation Ave, Floral Park, Village of Floral Park & Friedman Group

Transit Oriented Development: Grand Ave., Baldwin, Town of Hempstead & G2D Group

Revitalizing Communities: Union Blvd, Bay Shore, Town of Islip & Greenview Properties

Environment: Marine Program, Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Transportation Choices: HART Bus, Town of Huntington

Revitalizing Communities: The Belmont Phase 2, Town of Islip & Steele Equities

Community Leadership: Hofstra Science & Innovation Center, Hofstra University & Cameron Engineering, an IMEG Company

Infrastructure: Veolia & Nassau County

What is Smart Growth?

Basically? It’s a very holistic approach to community development that recognizes the importance of building places for people that respect the environment and are good for the economy. There’s a major emphasis on downtown community centers and, in Vision’s case, deep, meaningful relationship development across sectors and interests.

In terms of clear criteria, these awards are based on a recipients ability to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Mix Land Uses
  • Take advantage of compact building design
  • Create housing choices for a range of household types, family sizes and incomes
  • Strengthen existing communities and achieve more balanced regional development
  • Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions
  • Create walkable neighborhoods
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • Preserve open space, farmland, historic buildings and critical environmental areas
  • Provide a variety of transportation choices
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective
  • Utilize clean energy and green building development
It’s good stuff with great people. Join them!