If your community expects high-quality development that is sustainable, then it darn well better practice what it preaches. Otherwise, the private –sector will justifiably point right back at the public-sector projects and/or infrastructure and note the lack of sustainability employed. Not only would this be inconsistent, it is a great way to lose a legal challenge, plus be ridiculed in the media or by limited government advocates. Here are some suggestions to avoid such embarrassment:
- Require all public-sector projects to follow the same review procedures as private-sector projects – no exceptions or exemptions, except in the case of true emergencies.
- Go the extra mile, especially when cost-benefit ratios justify such a step through long-term cost savings. This is especially important in cases of installing energy-efficient and environmentally friendly infrastructure.
- Apply your zoning and building code requirements to internally driven public-sector projects just as you would with private-sector proposals.
- Maintain your public-sector projects/infrastructure after completion just as you would expect the private-sector to maintain its developments.
- Remain open and aware of new or emerging sustainable techniques to improve existing sites in an effective and efficient manner.
Any other ideas or suggestions of ways to help assure continuity are welcome. BTW – practicing what they preach should apply to counties, states, and the feds, as well.