It is the goal of this agency to make low impact sustainable development (EcoVillages) the new norm of community development by 2020.
The number one obstacle to building these environmentally, economically, and family/youth/elder friendly communities is the existing building codes and zoning laws. Most people don't even know that these laws are under local jurisdiction of the 'county' and 'city' where they live. Many States in America do have Uniform Building Codes that counties are free to adopt for ease and liability reasons. However most counties are very involved with land use and building codes and many of the workers, directors, and staff have a genuine interest in the healthy development of their communities.
If the biggest inhibitor to Low Impact Sustainable Development is building codes and zoning then the biggest inhibitor for counties to adopt new rules is the fiscal burden of making such revisions. County officials would have to have something to work with as criteria to even begin such a process. Then the county would have to pay for experts to form research committees to even begin drafting the language and details of those revisions. And even if the county managed to successfully make such revisions who would train building inspectors and other officials to do proper oversight of these development? The economic hardships that every county across the country has had to deal with since 2008 has required many counties to cut programs and staff so it is unrealistic to think that your county could bear the fiscal burden of such a task.
After many years of research and scouting for the perfect county to work with a founding team is now coming together to move forward on this agenda. Sign up to follow the historic progress of this initiative.