In many communities, one of the key roles of the planning commission is to develop plans and strategies that address future growth — should it be directed to certain areas? how much growth should there be? who pays for infrastructure needed to support growth? These articles from the Planning Commissioners Journal look at different aspects of what is often called “growth management.”
Demographic changes raise questions about what scale of development best fits neighborhoods and commercial districts. Planner and PCJ contributing writer Beth Humstone on how to respond to these questions.
A follow up conversation with Beth Humstone about her recent PCJ article on urban growth boundaries.
Planning for the impacts of new development can make a difference to your municipality’s fiscal well-being.
How urban growth boundaries work, and why a growing number of metropolitan areas are using them.
Perhaps nothing gets a community more riled up than a discussion of density. How can you plan for the density that works best for your community?
Transit is making a remarkable comeback. But one of the most intriguing aspects is that it is being helped along by — and helping to stimulate — new development close by transit stops. A look how TOD works
A continuing challenge facing many local planning commissions is how to best plan for new development at the edge of existing settled areas. This can be particularly acute in communities facing growth pressure. A look at some tools and strategies for guiding development at the edge.
Through the 1960s, community and regional planning efforts were generally directed to the accommodation of growth as dictated by market forces. But a series of closely grouped actions in the early 1970s laid the foundation for the now widely accepted concept of “growth management.”
The benefits of sustainability have re-echoed during our nation’s history. Oftentimes, however, sustainability has been overshadowed by countervailing forces, including large-scale manufacturing and mass production of goods, and a heavy dependence on non-renewable resources.