Growth Management

Many planning commissions, through the comprehensive plan and other tools, seek to better manage and direct the timing and location of growth  in their community. These articles look at different aspects of growth management.

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Does Smart Growth = Equitable Growth?

Smart growth promises less sprawl, reduced congestion, cleaner air, fewer wasted tax dollars, and revitalized neighborhoods. Yet advocates for low-income communities fear it may also lead to rising housing prices, displacing lower-income workers and their families and small businesses.

Integrating Land Use & Transportation

Integrating Land Use & Transportation

A growing number of communities are recognizing the close relationship between transportation planning decisions and land use. Transportation planner Whit Blanton reports on how one metropolitan area has begun to put land use and transportation in balance.

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School Sprawl

One of the most important, but often overlooked, contributors to sprawl is the construction of large educational facilities in outlying, undeveloped areas. Edward McMahon takes a look at some of the causes of “school sprawl” — and at some efforts to combat it.

Coping With Superstores

Coping With Superstores

How planning commissioners can come to grips with superstore development, and reach an outcome that the community wants. By Constance Beaumont, the author of Better Models for Superstores: Alternatives to Big-Box Sprawl.