Smart Growth

We Are Invested in Smart Growth, We Are Invested in You

At Forsberg, we are looking to the future, but believe that it should not come at a cost. By incorporating the standards of Smart Growth we make each development an opportunity to design a mix of building types that provide multiple benefits to multiple groups. Our developments aim to promote diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods and community engagement. Simply put, we believe that the strength of a community relies on the ability to provide its residents with the quality infrastructure that they deserve. Smart Growth means having the foresight to make smart decisions today, to avoid forcing leaders to make hard decisions tomorrow. Forsberg exists to prepare the region for long-term success.

There are four principles that are instilled within Forsberg that echo the founding concepts of Smart Growth; each focusing on an aspect that will ensure our developments meet their full potential and benefit the entire community.

Empowering Partnerships

At Forsberg, we reach out to collaborate with strategic partners who share our vision for attainable housing and purposeful spaces. Collaboration with community members helps to inform how one community is different from the next — and how residents differ from each other — while keeping innovations fresh and advocating for existing community needs. Our most recent collaboration has led to Urban Systems.

An energetic partnership has been formed with WestPac Communities and Dymaxion Development and T.A. Forsberg Inc. As Urban Systems we have the like-minded goal of achieving transformative spaces that enhance the built environment to positively serve people. We work to support dynamic opportunities for communities to come together.

Reinvent Spaces to Serve a Purpose

Forsberg recognizes the need for spaces that position homes, offices, schools, parks, shops, restaurants and other types of development near one another — on the same block or even within the same building. This creates a community of convenience and is an effective way of proving the needs of many voices using limited space.

Mixed-use developments are in demand, and this approach is beneficial in its ability to retain property value and assure investors of the region’s prosperity in terms of taxable revenue for municipalities. By embracing modern technology and themes through compact designs, Forsberg makes the most out of existing developments by growing up, rather than out or on empty or underutilized lots. Building within an existing neighborhood can attract new talent and businesses to the region, all while extending the potential of each dollar spent on public investments such as water and sewer lines, roads and emergency services.

As a developer, it is easy to create a vision with a blank canvas, but at Forsberg we are looking to create new opportunities for communities that will highlight their already established culture and unique heritage. Let us put a spotlight on the great things happening in each community and take pride in each region’s arts, historical structures and natural beauty. There is history here and more to be made.

Present Opportunities for All

Building quality housing for families of all life stages and income levels is an integral part of a smart growth approach. By ensuring a proper blend of opportunities for individuals with all types of budgets, we provide a stronger backbone to the community as it grows in its potential to facilitate nightlife and entertainment. Additionally, promoting diversity creates a healthy density in preexisting neighborhoods, which promotes a more prosperous and convenience driven standard of living for the region as a whole.

Attainable living solutions and the dedication to improving the standard of living are not the only aspects that Forsberg believes are necessary for Smart Growth. We are constantly considering how we might accomplish providing these needs while maintaining the strength and potential of each community as they continue to evolve. This all boils down to making cost effective decisions as a developer and neighbor. We understand the importance in our role as a creator of communities and public infrastructure and work diligently to bring the services and quality expected, at a price that is attainable. We believe Smart Growth is a necessity to retaining these same values in the future and our secondary goal is to encourage our peers to examine their practices to ensure their outlook is the same. We must work together to review regulations and streamline the local project permitting and approval process so that development decisions are more timely, cost-effective and predictable for developers.

Create and Redefine Transportation Choices

Walkable neighborhoods are in high demand across the country and promote a desirable quality of life for prospective residents. Walking is a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around that is convenient for residents of all economic standings. This creates a convenient travel option for most and reduces the need for automobiles and other ecologically unfriendly options. In addition to helping the planet, walkable spaces also place more money in resident’s pockets, allowing them to better invest in community commerce. Walkable places are created in part by mixing land uses and taking advantage of compact design, but are activated by smart street design that makes walking not only practical, but safe and convenient.

Forsberg is dedicated to providing a variety of public transportation options, walking infrastructure and well-maintained roads and bridges which will allow enjoyment in the day-to-day lives of residents. We look to craft an environment that accomplishes this by properly investing in long lasting, community driven infrastructure that promotes a healthy and convenient standard of living for our residents.

Encourage Collaboration

While developments are often decided upon by stakeholders and local leadership, it is important that the public has a voice. We firmly believe that if a project is not of benefit for our community than it is not of benefit for us. Smart Growth embodies the idea of investing in a future for the residents of today and tomorrow. Every community has different needs, and meeting those needs requires a different approach from place to place. Communities suffering from disinvestment may need to focus on encouraging development downtown; communities with robust economic growth may need to focus on addressing social equity.

Forsberg looks forward to the opportunity to help our neighbors grow with poise, resilience and integrity for years to come. With sound investments and a levelheaded approach, we are confident in the potential of our region to become a hub for Smart Growth. Together, let’s flex our creative abilities and drive our efforts further to create a thriving world for the generation of tomorrow, right here at home. Join us as we create attainable, conducive spaces for all.

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517.349.9330 (phone) | 517.349.7131 (fax)
2422 Jolly Road, Suite 200, Okemos, MI, 48864