Managing Growth in America's Communities: Second Edition

Island Press, 26 sept. 2012 - 336 pages
In this thoroughly revised edition of Managing Growth in America's Communities, readers will learn the principles that guide intelligent planning for communities of any size, grasp the major issues in successfully managing growth, and discover what has actually worked in practice (and where and why). This clearly written book details how American communities have grappled with the challenges of planning for growth and the ways in which they are adapting new ideas about urban design, green building, and conservation. Itdescribes the policies and programs they have implemented, and includes examples from towns and cities throughout the U.S.

“Growth management” is essential today, as communities seek to control the location, impact, character and timing of development in order to balance environmental and economic needs and concerns. Managing Growth in America's Communities addresses all of the key considerations:
  • Establishing public roles in community development;
  • Determining locations and character of future development;
  • Protecting environmental and natural resources;
  • Managing infrastructure development;
  • Preserving community character and quality;
  • Achieving economic and social goals;
  • Respecting property rights concerns.

The author, who is one of the nation’s leading authorities on managing community growth, provides examples from dozens of communities across the country, as well as state and regional approaches. Brief profiles present overviews of specific problems addressed, techniques utilized, results achieved, and contact information for further research. Informative sidebars offer additional perspectives from experts in growth management, including Robert Lang, Arthur C. Nelson, Erik Meyers, and others.

This new edition has been completely updated by the author. In particular, he considers issues of population growth, eminent domain, and the importance of design, especially “green” design. He also reports on the latest ideas in sustainable development, “smart growth,” neighborhood design, transit-oriented development, and green infrastructure planning. Like its predecessor, the second edition of Managing Growth in America's Communities is essential reading for anyone who is interested in how communities can grow intelligently.

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The Practice of Growth Management
Deciding How to Manage Growth
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Page 12 - While zoning defines the desired fully built town, the ultimate equilibrium, growth management seeks to maintain an ongoing equilibrium between development and conservation, between various forms of development and the concurrent provision of infrastructure, between the demands for public services generated by growth and the supply of revenues to finance those demands, and between progress and equity.
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Page 10 - ... emerging balance between these forces is maintained. By and large, our proposals are for immediate implementation. Many of the measures we recommend could alter the tone of American life as early as the 1976 bicentennial year if the country were clearly committed to their objectives. And it may be. There is a new mood in America that questions traditional assumptions about urban growth and has higher expectations of both government and new urban development. We view this new mood as offering...
Page 17 - ... a state court later determined that the regulations, which prevented rebuilding of structures destroyed by a flood in a floodplain, were not a taking.) In 1992, in Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, the US Supreme Court held that a taking had occurred and damages were due because the Council's regulations against beachfront development deprived Lucas of all use of his two lots on the ocean. These decisions suggest that governments' regulation of development must follow strict Some Important...

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Douglas R. Porter is a consultant on land use planning and policy issues based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He has written numerous books and documents for both ULI and APA. Anthony Downs at the Brookings Institution refers to Porter as “one of the nation’s leading experts in growth management.”

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