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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A Question of Scale

Demographic changes raise questions about what scale of development best fits neighborhoods and commercial districts. Planner and contributing writer Beth Humstone on how to respond to these questions.

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Developing at the Edge

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.

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G is for Growth Management

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.”

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S is for Sustainable Development

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.

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Back to School for Planners

Decisions about school construction and renovation have profound implications for towns, cities, and counties nationwide. A look at trends & opportunities, impacts schools have, and the positive role planners and planning commissioners can play.