Frequently asked questions
How do I add to the conversation?
Come to our meetings and leave comments on this page!
Will my ideas matter?
Yes! And the entire town will benefit from your participation in the following ways:
When you share your thoughts and feelings, you enter the realm of 'Concerned Citizen,' and everyone benefits from concerned citizens.
You may think that your comments are stupid or inadequate, but guess what? We all feel that way. At the very least, you may spark a creative and life-changing idea in someone else, where we all benefit, so get over yourself!
Studies show that when one person thinks of something, there will be at least 200 others in the world who either had the same idea and were too afraid to speak out, or the worst that could happen is that you validate your own and someone else's ideas!
Our golden rule is that there are no stupid comments, only stupid people. Our version of stupid people is those who are too afraid to voice their concerns, when their concerns really matter. Don't be stupid.
What are the principles of sustainable rural design & development?
Quality of life is a main objective of sustainable design & development:
Place a high value on quality of life. A sustainable community accepts that communities are first and foremost for people and that the primary objective of the planning and development process is to improve the quality of life of its residents, socially, economically, psychologically, and spiritually. It implements policies to achieve quality of life and does so in a fair, open, and democratic manner
Respect the natural environment. A sustainable community recognizes its relationship to nature and sees nature's systems and components as essential to its well-being. It provides access to nature through metropolitan parks, open-space zones, and urban gardens. It understands the sensitive interface between the natural and built environment, develops in a way that will support and complement-not interfere with-- nature, and avoids ecological disasters.
Infuse technology with purpose. A sustainable community uses appropriate technology, while ensuring that technology in the built environment is a means to an end, rather than an end unto itself. It emphasizes learning and understanding how existing and new technology can serve and improve communities, not vice versa. It sets clear and measurable goals for what it wants technology to achieve.
Optimize key resources. A sustainable community takes an inventory of its human, natural, and economic resources and understands their finite quality. It ensures that forests are not overused, people are not underemployed, and the places of the built environment are not stagnant and empty. It reduces waste and reuses resources: it creates conditions in which all these resources can be used to their fullest and best potential, without harming or diminishing them.
Maintain scale and capacity. A sustainable community recognizes the importance of scale and capacity, with regard to the natural and human environment. It ensures that the environment is not overdeveloped, overbuilt, overused, or overpopulated. It recognizes the signs of tension that indicate when the environment is overstressed and can adjust its demands on the environment, to avoid pollution, natural disaster, and social disintegration. (Geis & Kutzmark, 2006). A sustainable community recognizes the importance of scale and capacity, with regard to the natural and human environment. It ensures that the environment is not overdeveloped, overbuilt, overused, or overpopulated. It recognizes the signs of tension that indicate when the environment is overstressed and can adjust its demands on the environment, to avoid pollution, natural disaster, and social disintegration. (Geis & Kutzmark, 2006).
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help, thank you for asking!