Managing Community Growth

Managing Community Growth

Managing Community Growth

Managing Community Growth


What's a guy gotta do to get some freckles? This perennial bestselling favorite from Judy Blume has a fresh new look

More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles--they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help "he" is

That's when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe--for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard...

But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn't know everything--and he has the perfect solution Or does he?


Planners in the United States now have more than three decades of experience with growth management programs. During the 1970s and 1980s, planners, public officials, lawyers and others wrote extensively on the subject, but most of that literature addressed the issue from one of three basic perspectives: “how to do growth management”; “how my community did growth management”; or “is growth management legal?” What is largely missing from the literature is a careful consideration of whether growth management is indeed a useful tool and, if so, under what circumstances. the original purpose of this book was to fill that gap. Now, a decade after its first publication, some additional evaluative literature (discussed in Chapter 2) is available but falls primarily into two categories: evaluations of particular programs or critiques of growth management programs from a particular perspective.

Growth management

Growth management is a land and use planning tool. the types of growth management programs discussed in this book are those designed to regulate the location, timing or rate of community growth. Some of those programs directly or indirectly limit the amount of growth that can take place. Others simply control the timing or location of development without attempting to limit the total amount of development or overall population growth. Figure 1.1 compares growth trends in two Colorado communities, Boulder and Westminster. the two cities are about 20 miles apart. Each adopted a growth management program in the 1970s. the increase in population in Boulder from 1970 to 2000 was a little more than 41 percent, while . . .

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